While looking around on the blogging universe, sometimes we are lucky enough to happen upon a few lit business operatives that really help. Sometimes you happen upon a gem - whether it's an agent that is awesome with queries, a publisher with marketing advice or - in this case - an editor who knows a lot about a lot.
My guest today is C.A. Marshall - a freelance editor, lit agent intern and YA writer. You can find her on her extremely helpful blog, or on Twitter.
C.A. Marshall loves to play with her dog Mollie. She dreams of one day owning a small house near the water, preferably in England, with a shelf full of books she has written and has helped others to write.
First off, a little about who she is:
First off, a little about who she is:
Where does outside editing fit into the writing process?
Outside editing comes in when you've done all you can to make your MS as good as it can be. An editor can do something as simple as a quick copy edit or as exhaustive as a full edit for plot and pacing. A good editor will also let you know where your book stands in the current market and what you can do to give it the best chances.
That's amazing, and certainly something we can all use! What specific services do you offer?I specialize in copy and substantial edits, but I also do non-fiction proposal walk-throughs, synopsis editing, and offer free query help.
Favorite genre to read (professionally)?
YA. That goes for unprofessionally too.
Anything you don't represent?No, I accept all sorts of novels.
Looking for specifics, contact information, rates or testimonials?
What about the market - are you seeing any kinds of trends in submissions?
Lots of memoir, romance, cop thrillers and still lots of paranormal YA.
Can you recommend any saturated markets or plots to stay away from for right now?
Chick-lit, vampire/werewolf/angel/demon/Greek-themed YA.
Good to know! Any insight into what an agent might think when they happen upon yet another paranormal YA? Is there a market for them still, or are they getting rejected?
They're not auto-rejected, but it's very hard for them. There will always be room for superbly written stories, vampires or not.
For all of us query virgins and rookies - Mistakes to avoid?
Adressing your query to "Dear Sirs" when all of the employees are women.
Haha! Oh no, that's rich.
And finally, a little bit about C.A. Marshall, the person.
Favorite book?Gah... This is tough. Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix... One of those, probably.
Order of the Phoenix - my favorite!
Favorite movie or TV series?
Another hard one. I don't ever watch TV, but I do watch lots of movies. Jurassic Park, Fly Away Home, The Family Stone, The original Death at a Funeral, Disney's The Gnome Mobile... I'm eclectic.
Do you have a working playlist? What’s on it?Soundtracks. Pearl harbor (also a fav movie), Snow Falling On Cedars, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Fly Away Home, The Constant Gardener, Series of Unfortunate Events, Road to Perdition, Braveheart, House of Sand and Fog, Pan's Labyrinth, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Illusionist, Finding Neverland, Contact, The Time Machine, Whalerider, just loads and loads and loads! Also, anything by Lifehouse (my fav band), Owl City, And Kate Rusby.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Play with my dog, sleep, craft, and play Lego Harry Potter Wii!
Many, many thanks for stopping by and letting us inside your head a little!
Also, if all of these services sound pretty amazing, I suggest you take a look at this link. Until today (Sept. 20th) she is running a contest on her blog to win a FREE MANUSCRIPT EDIT. For such an amazing prize, you should get on retweeting that contest like crazy.
Leave some love for Cassandra for being amazing!