WHAT A DIFFERENCE A GOOD EDITOR CAN MAKE   8 comments

I’ve just posted on my website two versions of a very short story to be included in a local anthology. The first is my original, the second is the result of working with a very talented editor, KJ Neun. You can read both versions if you go to my web site and click on the fiction tab. I’d love to know what you think of the comparison.

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  1. Mona – I wanted you to know that my new book just came out and is the third in my corporate crime series. I have also updated my website. If you check it out – after reading about *TBD -to be determined-* on the opening page, go to “news” and you will find a radio interview I did for the previous book *ASAP – as soon as possible – *.

    I would love to have your thoughts. patgitt.wix.com//pegpublishing

    As ever, Pat​

    On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 12:15 PM, monagustafsonaffinito wrote:

    > Mona Gustafson Affinito posted: “I’ve just posted on my website two > versions of a very short story to be included in a local anthology. The > first is my original, the second is the result of working with a very > talented editor, KJ Neun. You can read both versions if you go to my web > site ” >

    • Sorry to be so slow, Pat, to respond to your invitation to listen to your interview. And congratulations on the new book as well.

      You did a great job on the interview — direct, got your points across, no “ums,” – very professional. You can be proud.

      As for my “Figs & Pomegranates & Special Cheeses,” it’s basically flat-lined. Very good reviews, but I’m a lousy marketer — even more this year after my April accident which has thrown off my timing on everything. So much I want to write and so much time napping and catching up.

      But this is about you. I’m so pleased for you. I hope sales are going strong.

      Yours in admiration,

      Mona

  2. Wonderful story and beautiful editing! I actually love both versions, but your editor’s changes are perfect “adjustments” that leave your writing voice intact. Brava!!!

  3. MOna, I clicked on Fiction and only you two versions of Mrs Job came up – no two short stories as far as I can see-?

    • After clicking on fiction, the first thing that comes up is “How valuable is a good, creative editor? See the before and after versions of the story I’ve submitted to the local anthology: Alone in the North Carolina Woods – 1840 (click on the image to see a larger version you can zoom in on to read!).” Are you sure you didn’t click on the specific link to Figs …?” Please try again.

  4. Now I read both versions. How interesting to see the editors version. I loved his version the best – it had cut away everything wordy and left only the stark essence I think – but his end – I wondered about that – was that how you saw it- or he saw it?

  5. How astute of you. As a matter of fact, we suffered together working on the ending. I’m satisfied with it. That’s how KJ works – the story is mine, but she challenges me to think deeply. Yes, KJ is a woman — actually, my granddaughter.

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