Saturday, November 7, 2015

A post by Jeff Gerke

This post on Facebook by Jeff Gerke made me happy

I love my job. Being a freelance editor of fiction is amazing. I get to work on tremendous stories with unforgettable characters written by dazzling authors, experienced and new.
Plus I get to have a hand in the formation of their stories.
I love working in all genres, from chick-lit to Regency to Westerns to cozies to rom-coms to historicals. But it's no secret that I get a special joy from working on speculative fiction. And the weirder the better!
Right now I'm working with a client whose speculative fiction is exactly the kind of thing I love. I won't give her initials, but her name is Lelia Rose Foreman.
As I'm editing her marvelous seafaring fantasy--sort of Mowgli meets Treasure Island meets John Carter of Mars--I find myself writing delightfully baffling (to others) notes like this:
Why wouldn't Bowmark use the staffshifter to release the Spitter hosts from their misery by letting the ichor of the eggs spread onto the temple floor? Would it hinder the Labarynthine warriors as they attempted to overthrow the Driddion queens?
Ah, heaven!
Seriously, this is the sort of transport, the kind of "Whoa, I've never seen THIS before," I looked for in the books I chose to publish at Marcher Lord Press.
So thank you, all novelists with whom I have worked--and those of you who will work with me in the future--for writing your fiction and for letting me join you in these brilliant worlds and stories and people. I love you all!

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