Self-Publishing Book Expo in New York – Interview with an editor

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I think at some point whether you are a writer or not, many of us have toyed with the idea of self-publishing, from a cookbook to the next great American novel. In fact, it has become so easy and so fashionable to be in print that I’m just waiting for honey-boo-boo to show up in my recommended Amazon books list:) – shudder.

Clearly anyone can see the writing on the wall when the first publishing houses like Penguin books for instance are  buying up and into the Indie publishing world. Self-Publishing has emerged as a force to be reckoned with! 

Still, it is as hard as ever for aspiring authors to get their literary works into the hands of their readers. Until last week I had no idea, that even if you do not own a Kindle you can download any Kindle edition book to your PC or laptop. Did you know that Amazon has a free app for that? Love it!

This morning I came across this wonderful interview with Monica Harris, the founder of MHM Editorial Services. She is one of the expert speakers presenting at the Self-Publishing Book Expo in New York City on October 27th. 

Here is an excerpt from the interview 

 at Entrepreneur Blog:

1) At what point in the writing process do you think an author should obtain the services of an editor?


Writing groups, friends and family are useful to emotionally support the writer through the writing process. Professional editors are essential for clear-eyed and practical improvement of the manuscript. I think a writer should consider an editor when the writer feels his/her manuscript has a beginning, middle and end. The story may not be perfect but it should be as complete as possible. The writer can use the editor to make the characters stronger, the story flow well and the plot engaging. For non-fiction, the book should be as complete as possible; the editor will help make the ideas clear and the writing smooth. Ghostwriters help write the material; editors improve what’s already composed.


2) What editing mistakes do you find are most common?


The most common mistake is that the writer often skips important details in their book because they are so familiar with the story/material, they don’t see the gaps. At MHM Editorial, our specialty is working with the author so what’s in his or her head is on the page for their reader to enjoy and understand.


3) Can you offer advice to new authors who are looking to self-publish and searching for a great editor?


 The relationship between the editor and writer must be both social and professional as writing for publication is both an art and a business. Use referrals from fellow writers or look for the editor on the acknowledgement page from your favorite author’s latest book. Since working with an editor is an intimate relationship, ask yourself the following questions: Do you get along with the editor? Does he or she understand your writing style or subject? Does the editor challenge you to improve the novel? Do you feel the editor is working to create a long-term publishing career for you? For those who are self-publishing, an experienced editor offers the professionalism that is necessary for strong reviews and loyal readers. Find an editor who knows the challenges of self-publishing – editorial scheduling, for example — and has strategies for success ………….. Source: Entrepreneur  Blog –
You can read the full interview here or click on 

I know I’m guilty of the “gap” scenario mentioned in the second question/answer, during those few occasions when I write about the good ole days of my childhood or other life experiences. If I do that in my blog posts, just imagine I’d attempt to write a book:) 

Knowledge is power, so all you writers out there, go on and keep writing, but remember to network to stay in the loop, connect with your fans and develop connections in the field. It is up to you to make it all happen!

The Self-Publishing Book Expo is the perfect opportunity to network with industry professionals and if you happen to be fortunate enough to be going don’t miss the presentation by Monica Harris, panel discussion “Don’t go it alone”. I have a feeling it will be worthwhile. 

You all know that I am not a fan of showing simply an excerpt and a link and call it my post, but in this case I couldn’t resist sharing the information with all my gather writing friends or whomever might find their way to this post. I thought it was a remarkably helpful and insightful interview.
© Rose Hill 
Feel free to discuss and/or give us a link to your own self-published books – I’m always thrilled to discover a new author,
especially romance, mystery, sci-fi, cookbooks, self-help, inspirational, spiritual, history, architecture, gardening, …..
oh, forget it, I’m just a bibliophile!!

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