Kristen Hope Mazzola is a fellow WordPress blogger. She and I follow one another’s adventures here and on Facebook. I admire the enthusiasm behind her posts. When she wrote she didn’t know “weather” or not to use an editor, I stepped up and created my current special – free final edit for first-time authors. She signed up and now is about to release her debut novel, “Crashing Back Down”. The final edit is one of the very last steps before publication. We spent a little time talking about the process. Here is our conversation:
Editor Afloat: We’ve edited the first few chapters of your novel so far. Have there been any surprises for you?
Kristen Mazzola: Yes! Actually, I was surprised at how many small mistakes I was making! I’m thrilled with the amazing edits/feedback so far.
Editor Afloat: Is it what you were expecting in general?
Kristen Mazzola: A clean polished manuscript by the end, which I’m very confident that will happen
Editor Afloat: Do you feel the final editing process is important?
Kristen Mazzola: At first I was not too sure if I needed an editor, thinking I might be able to take care of it. Boy, was I wrong! A professional editor is necessary for all authors. I’m thankful The Editor Afloat found me through Facebook!
Kristen Mazzola: I actually am curious about how you got into editing?
Editor Afloat: I’ve been addicted to words since grade school where I earned a 100% on all my spelling quizzes. My academic background is Communications so I decided to turn my annoying habit of proofreading everything I see into a useful tool.
Kristen Mazzola: Being on a boat and having horses seems to lead to an already busy life! Where do you find your time?
Editor Afloat: Yes, I do keep busy! I am a widow, so my time is my own. I prefer to work rather than sit around.
Kristen Mazzola: Have you enjoyed my story so far and is it what you expected?
Editor Afloat: When I am editing I read word by word, phrase by phrase, sentence by sentence. It isn’t until my final read-through that I actually get the sense of the whole story. 15 chapters edited at this point, I can tell you that I can’t wait to find out what happens to your characters Mags and Walker. You are a very talented young lady Kristen.