#IWSG: Looking for a Man With Special Experience

IWSGHEADER1The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writers Support Group day. We post our thoughts about our doubts, and the fears on our writing journey. We discuss our struggles and triumphs. If you are visiting our blogs, offer a word of encouragement. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.

Alex Cavanaugh’s awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the #IWSG will be Chemist Ken,Suzanne Sapseed, and Shannon Lawrence!

 Forbidden Needed an Editor With a Male Perspective

By Feather Stone:

iStock_000014665836_ExtraSmallA few months ago I went on the hunt. Nope, no assault rifles or Kevlar required. Just an eye for an experienced writer / editor who would help me polish Forbidden, a suspense/romance novel. My requirements were unusual. Ideally, I hoped to find an editor who had experience in the Middle East, success an author, and was (ahem) a man. Why a man?

A few women read my manuscript and voiced glowing feedback. However, my gut wriggled until I had to admit there was something gravely wrong with Forbidden. I suspected the women focused primarily on the romantic aspects. I wondered if a man would more likely spot faulty plot dynamics. After all, I want Forbidden to be enjoyed by both adult women and men.

As the hunt revolved around my very odd criteria, what do you think were the odds for success? Dismal, right? Add I needed someone who was flexible about the payment schedule. It’s remarkable that I even made an effort.

However, years ago I became convert in the philosophy that the universe conspires to provide whatever a passionate believer desires. As long as one is continuously focused on a clearly identified mission, IT IS DONE!

Gary NilsenSo it wasn’t a surprise that in my daily nosing around cyberspace, specifically LinkedIn, that I discovered Gary Nilsen. Gary is a successful author and has spent several years in Saudi Arabia. When I read a section of Gary’s bio, I knew I found my man.

“I approach every aspect of my work with a focus on betterment and progress. I seek not only to do well at my job, but to excel, and influence those around me to find the same motivation for success. When employees have a strong sense of pride in their work and their company, the company itself thrives. I seek to apply this mindset to every task, every project, and every challenge.”

If Forbidden has a chance to be published, and being a hit among suspense readers, it will be due to Gary’s experience and demand for excellence. In Forbidden, he has identified character inaccuracies, plot failures, and things that will cause a reader to fling the book into the trash, or worse – write a scathing review.

So far, I haven’t needed to invest in a therapy kit to address critical dissolution of my ego. Gary’s critique on each chapter is expressed with kindness and logic. Irrefutable logic, which I wanted, needed.

The challenge now is for me to dig deeper into my writing talent and lift the bar several notches higher. On one hand I’m disappointed that I have to readjust my publication timeline to perhaps another year. On the other hand, Forbidden will be my best lifetime achievement.

Thank you, Gary.

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13 thoughts on “#IWSG: Looking for a Man With Special Experience

  1. This post makes me so happy. 1) That you weren’t afraid of critical feedback. 2) That you were willing to pay someone to edit your work. I’m a professional editor, and it’s a ton of work. You’d be surprised how many people expect you to do it for free. And 3) You’re willing to put off your launch in order to make your book better.

    This is unusual. And it is awesome. Bravo!

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  2. Ideally both male and female perspectives are helpful. I benefited from both in a critique group once. Also…I wanted to thank you for commenting on the reading problem at my blog. Good to know! I have since changed the colors. Take a look. Let me know how I did.

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  3. spunkonastick

    That’s wonderful you found exactly who you were seeking. Men have such a different perspective on the world. I bet he offered some great tips.

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  4. Sometimes you need that particular perspective. It really helps to have someone that gets what you’re looking for too and how to make your book better. By the way, I like the marketing idea you mentioned on my blog for IWSG. 🙂

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  5. So true that when you put your needs out there, the universe provides answers. I’m glad you found the perfect editor and are taking the time to make your novel worthy of publication and good reviews.

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