Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad
Editors: The Good and the Bad by Sunayna Prasad
The idea of having a professional editor edit your novel can be exciting and scary at the same time. It can be exciting, because someone you don’t know personally gets to read your work. However, it can also be intimidating, because they might do things to your work that you don’t agree with.
The good thing about having an editor is that they may point out errors in your novel that you hadn’t realized before. The errors can range from a missing period to a character that isn’t believable at all. Of course, you do not have to accept everything the editor suggests.
The downside of editors is that some have tough attitudes, are too controlling, or change things to look incorrect. For instance, you may have an active sentence saying, “The boy ran.” But instead, the editor changes it to, “The boy was running.” I’ve dealt with that a lot. If that ever happens, I would suggest ignoring or rejecting it. I’ve also had an editor who pointed out all the flaws in my book, but in a rough tone. Unless you’re strong and open to that, I wouldn’t suggest using them again. When an editor is too controlling, I can’t keep up with the edits.
A good way to see if you like the editor’s style is to request a sample edit, if it’s possible. If you like their style, then consider hiring them. If not, then find someone else.
Another important aspect to consider is the cost of the editor. Some editors may cost a few hundred dollars while others may charge thousands of dollars. If you can afford the more expensive editors, then go for them. If, however, you are not making that amount of money, or are dependent, the cheaper editors are your best bet.
About Sunayna Prasad
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Her latest book is the middle grade fantasy, Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions: From Frights to Flaws.
About Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad: Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?