Line edits

I should power through the most recent set of edits from el Jefe this weekend and get them shipped back by Monday.

My editor, Keith, has three primary character traits. First, he’s a wise-ass. Second, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture (do NOT get him started in Sid and Marty Krofft). Third, he can explain with the precision of a laser exactly what he wants edited, and why, and how it will make a sentence, or a paragraph, or a scene, or the damn novel, slightly better.

Many editors can edit. Few, I’ve found, can explain why they edit.

This process is more fun than I had a right to hope for.


About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on February 5, 2011, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. A couple more notes. Glocks do not have external hammers that can be cocked. Police nationwide have switched from 9mm Glocks to .40S&W Glocks, for more stopping power — methheads. I’m looking forward to your next book.

  2. Thanks, Dave! Invaluable information! d

  3. I really liked Crashers, but…
    You need to get someone who knows lots about guns to do an edit for you.
    1. Glocks do NOT have safeties.
    2. NO revolver (Colt Python, page 294) has a safety.
    3. Almost all other semi-automatic pistols, and all rifles, have safeties.

    When unloading a semi-automatic pistol, first the magazine is released, then the slide is racked back to remove the cartridge in the chamber.

    Crashers is a really good novel, and I’d like to see more novels of this quality.




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