Easter Weekend and spring has finally arrived in central Ontario. With the stirrings of new life all around me, it seems most appropriate that the second Pat Tierney novel has now entered the editing process. My second baby, SAFE HARBOR’s sequel, is in one of the final stages of its gestation.
While the title is still under discussion, the manuscript is now in the hands of Todd Barselow, an Imajin Books editor. Todd’s goal is to polish the novel, not to change it unless there are plot holes or continuity issues. I’m sure he’ll make suggestions for improvement here and there.
In case of a stalemate between us, Imajin publisher Cheryl Tardif will come up with the final decision.
I’m looking forward to working with Todd because I’ve been fortunate to have had some inspired editors in my journalism career. Putting marks on paper – or on an e-document – is the most basic task that an editor does. Editors correct misspellings, punctuation errors, incorrect word usage, and make the book conform to the publishing house’s style rules. But the most effective editors do a lot more than that. They develop a feel for the author’s vision, and take the almost-complete product, and clip, prune and graft. Writers sometimes find this hurts.
Creative marriages between author, editor and manuscript have produced some of the world’s most successful fiction writers. American editor Maxwell Perkins famously presided over the prose of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe.
Canadian editor and publisher Louise Dennys worked with renowned writers such as Graham Greene, John Irving, Alberto Manguel, Ian McEwan, Mordecai Richler, Salman Rushdie and Rudy Wiebe.
I’m not sure what the McCracken-Barselow relationship will produce. But, hey, one can always hope…