Many of you may have participated in Shannon Abercrombie’s wonderful Start the Year Off Write challenge this past January. Each day a talented author or illustrator shared insights into their writing practices and provided a writing prompt/exercise to challenge-ees to complete. It was a great way to start the year. I thoroughly enjoyed the blog posts and really was inspired by the writing prompts and exercises. I want to thank Shannon for that wonderful month of writing.
Not only was the month inspiring, I won a prize! I won a copy editing package from Beth Stilborn’s copy editing services, FLUBS 2 FIXES. The package included: A copy edit of a 1-page query letter AND copy edits of 2 picture book drafts! Beth is one of the first people I became acquainted with when I started writing a few years back. She is supportive and gracious. And now I’ve learned what an excellent copy editor she is. I have already taken advantage of her services by having her copy edit one of my picture book drafts. I’m happy to report that not long after she did the copy editing, I sent the perfectly formatted, perfectly edited, grammatically correct manuscript to my agent. My agent loved it and it is going out on submission.
When I submit a manuscript, I want it to shine. I don’t want my agent or an editor to be distracted from my story by errors I may have missed. Remember that first impressions are important when it comes to our writing. Formatting, grammar, and punctuation play a big part in that first impression. This is Beth’s area of expertise. She did an amazing job. She was thorough and professional. She returned my copy edited manuscript in a timely manner. The bottom line is-Beth fixed my flubs. 🙂
If you don’t follow Beth’s blog, now is the perfect time to start. A few months ago, she started a new monthly Question and Answer series on grammar and word usage, “A Word With Beth.” In this series, she promises to do her best to answer questions sent to her by her blog readers. This is your chance to draw on her expertise.
I would highly recommend Beth’s services. If you have a manuscript that needs that extra polish before you submit it, head on over and check out FLUBS 2 FIXES. Beth can help. I promise!
Beth Stilborn worked as a proofreader one summer while she was in college. She used to say that experience had spoiled her for life, because she was always seeing typos and grammatical errors in things — now she knows it prepared her for life as a copy editor and proofreader! Besides taking manuscripts from flubs to fixes, Beth writes fiction for kids and adults.
Beth is currently a member of SCBWI, Julie Hedlund’s 12×12, and Emma Walton Hamilton’s Children’s Book Hub. She co-hosts the Children’s Book Hub Facebook Group with Emma, and is associate editor of the Children’s Book Hub Newsletter.