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Ye Olde Editor’s Hat

An editor's dream: a Jewel of a manuscript in the submission pile.

An editor’s dream: a jewel of a manuscript among the submissions.

Hello! It’s the “other” me, Janet Clementz, chatting with you today. As an editor, my job is to make an author’s already fabulously written manuscript shine like a gemstone. My goal is to give readers the payoff they’re looking for, to fulfill their expectation of a great reading experience. That’s it, in a nutshell, but there’s a whole lot more that comprises my editor life. For now, let’s concentrate on where it all starts: the submissions that find their way into my Inbox.

The word is out. I’m receiving submissions quite regularly now. My auto-reply to first time queries says to allow at least two weeks for a personal response. So far, I’ve beaten that every time with a short “I’ve got it, thank you!” type of response within a day or two of receipt. Yes, I know what it feels like to be on the other end of the waiting game.

When I read a submission, I’m mining for buried treasure. I’m looking for that gem of a manuscript I can’t quit reading, the story that captures my heart, and with characters who become living-breathing people in my head.

I’m thrilled to have recently acquired novel-length manuscripts, from two very talented authors, and I’m looking forward to when their books will be released sometime next year. When I find a manuscript I can’t walk away from, it’s like finding a diamond. Hence, the loose jewels picture, above-left.

I want to acquire great stories, so I’m not looking for errors and mistakes–unless there are so many that it’s obvious the author isn’t taking my time as seriously as his/her own. Sadly, I’ve received a few of those. What breaks my heart is having to send a rejection letter to an author whose manuscript I desperately wanted to love. A great story just isn’t good enough. I don’t have time to re-write their sentences so the words on the page make sense and mean what the author intended. That’s not editing, it’s re-writing. These are the manuscripts that are not yet ready for submission to an industry professional.

I work on just one project at a time, but have other editing responsibilities too, so every day brings something new. My current Romance wish list includes Historical (any era, any location, up through 1960’s), American Westerns, Time Travel, light Paranormal, and Suspense. Give me powerful stories packed with emotion, and with characters who, regardless of genre or era, leap off the page and into my senses. In other words, BRING IT!

Check out the Soul Mate Publishing website at THIS address. Then, click the Editors tab and scroll down to my name to read my editor’s bio, or click Janet Clementz.

Send a query letter with the first three chapters (up to 50 pages) to me at Janet@SoulMatePublishing.com.

Questions, comments? Feel free to contact me directly. I’d love to chat with you!

Yes, I’ve Googled you!

Jewels to Share!

Jewels from the Editor

Janet here, and wearing my editor’s hat for a moment . . . 🙂

The publishing industry is changing–by the day–so don’t think you’re the only one who can’t keep up. No one can. Gaining the eye of a coveted editor is tough enough, but you’ve already lost the war if you’ve never stepped foot on the battlefield. What I mean by that is, everyone must ‘up their game plan’. No longer is it the responsibility of the publisher, only, to handle promotion. Those days are long gone. Even the Big 5 authors know they must be active on social networks and do the bulk of their own promotion.

When I fall in love with a submission, to the point that I would love to dig in and help the author turn their story into the best it can be, do I care whether or not that author has established an online presence? You bet I do! I’ve Googled every single potential author that’s landed in my Inbox. So far, I’ve been able to find some form of an online presence for all but one author.

Did that author’s lack of an online presence keep me from working with her? Nope, but her book was incredibly riveting. I knew, before we’d complete the revision process, she would have time to get things rolling–and she’s done it. Bless her heart!

Taking on a new project is a big decision. If I’m on the fence, the lack of an online presence just might be the deciding factor. Don’t let that be you. Make me love your book–and you–enough that I can’t afford not to offer that contract.

Happy writing,


Forward Motion…

Okay, enough with the website updates and back to writing reality. I’m moving FORWARD. Things are looking interesting. I’ve got quite a few submissions out for my Time Travel Romance and have received some serious nibbles. [[tiny yea!]] Not screeching just yet. Will save that for when I sign a contract. In the mean time, I’m still considering entering the 2013 Golden Heart competition. I’m eligible until I sell, so there you go. It’s all about moving FORWARD and every little bit of progress is worth celebrating. Big YEA!