There are a lot of things I love about being an editor. I love getting to have input into shaping stories, questioning things, making them stronger. Back when I edited for an engineering company, I used to tease that I spent my days telling people they were wrong–and got thanked for it. 🙂
But there are easily two things I love best about being an editor. The first is watching my clients improve. When I edit a manuscript, leave suggestions, and see them improve above and beyond what I expected, I get absolutely giddy. And this happens All. The. Time. I love it. I feel a rush of pride when stories and theses improve beyond what I could have imagined.
The other thing I like best is something that’s relatively new to me: seeing my clients in print. While all my dissertation students have had their theses published, seeing a client on Amazon is a new experience, and I think it’s one I’m going to enjoy.
Today, Yvette Bowlin has published The Declutter Code, a book about minimalism and, obviously, clearing clutter from your life. If you’re looking for a book that dives deep into how we collect clutter and what we can do to stop the cycle in its tracks instead of just buy things/donate them/repeat, this is the book for you.
It is both theoretical and practical, with ten steps to decluttering she invites us to practice over ten weeks, dedicating a week to each step. Even as I was editing it, it challenged me to slow down and think about what I let into my life and why. And I had already declared myself a minimalist (in theory; working on in practice) before I read it.
I highly recommend checking it out. It’s on sale for $0.99 for a few days only, so get it while it’s cheap!
Also, another client, Stephen Wolf, recently saw the release of the first book in his epic fantasy series, Red Jade. While I didn’t edit the first book, the series is excellent–and gets even better with each book. The plot twists, the interweaving stories of the four main characters, all of it keeps me glued to my seat, even as I’m editing. It’s seriously a fantastic undertaking and the worldbuilding is phenomenal. Also, it’s LBGT-friendly, which never hurts. 🙂
I know everyone’s TBR lists are already long, but these are two I highly recommend. Also, can we talk about how gorgeous their covers are?
Now that I’ve reached this awesome milestone, I’ve added a new page to my blog with a list of books I’ve edited. I can’t wait to brag about more of them!