When I decided to engage David Wailing as my editor I was very keen to gain his opinion on issues of structure, plot and characterisation but I fondly imagined that most of my text would come back pretty much as it started. I envisaged a few typos identified, maybe the odd spelling mistake here and there, that sort of thing. That’s why it was a bit of a shock to see every page littered with tracked changes and I had to decide what I thought about this. Should I stick with what I could consider my inimitable style and reject these changes, or should I have a good look at my writing and try to see it from another’s eyes? Fortunately I decided on the latter course of action and now I think my novel, The Butterfly Effect, will be a lot easier to read once it is published.
David was equally effective where plot was concerned and I had more decisions to take. Was the ending really unsatisfactory? Did the suspense build up effectively right to the climax, only for the whole thing to be resolved far too quickly and easily? Well, yes, that was true too, although I hadn’t seen it myself, and there followed an intense and sometimes painful process in which I suggested a number of alternative endings only for each to fall short. It is to David’s credit that he didn’t give up and advise me to go with the least worst of these options, but continued to encourage me to find an ending that would be worthy of the rest of the book. And I found it, eventually, and I think it will have made the novel so much more satisfactory from the reader’s point of view.
I would have no hesitation in recommending David Wailing, and I hope to work with him again.
Project: The Butterfly Effect
Are you nervous about the editorial process? Well there’s no need to be. My first novel Maybe, Misery was my baby, as it is with so many authors, but David assured me the process would be stress free. He kept his promise and then some. Quick, efficient and an excellent problem solver, I can’t recommend him enough. David’s eye for the tiniest of details is almost superhuman, picking up on things I never even considered. To summarize, get him bloody* booked now!
*Consider cutting the word ‘bloody’.
Project: Maybe, Misery