Dennis DeRose is a fantastic and superb editor! He takes your words and ideas and makes them better. I had been looking for ten long years to find a great editor and I found one: Dennis DeRose! When Dennis finishes editing a book, it is tighter, leaner and flows. In
For all authors looking for an editor, read about Dennis DeRose and learn why he will set your book above the Rest!
1. Please tell us about your life as a book editor.
I never really counted how many manuscripts I have edited but I’m sure it has to be close to 60 in the last nine years. I prefer fiction and have edited: short stories, poetry, historical fiction, romances, adventure, mystery, general, fantasy, philosophical, YA, children’s and others. Nonfiction is something I tend to shy away from unless it’s something I can relate to or find very interesting. I’ve edited a dream diary, an autobiography, a piece on a political ideology and an addiction manual. I also co-authored a book with Julius entitled Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist, a manual geared toward helping writers over their hurdles. Ghost of Atlanta was the second full-length book I edited and it also won a Gold medal for best fiction in the genre. I have since edited all of julius’ books and I plan to edit his next one, Stormy Winds.
2. What inspired you to become a book editor?
I never wanted to be an editor. It just happened. About 10 years ago, I decided I wanted to help writers by reviewing their books but I didn’t want to purchase them. I contacted a wonderful lady, Deborah Gaynor, from Kentucky. She had a reviewing service (Readers Favorite) she had started a few years earlier. She accepted me as a reviewer and I began reading an adventure novel.
(I edited the next book he wrote and it won a gold medal for best fiction in the category.) When I sent my review to Deborah, she realized it was well written. Apparently, most of the reviews she received needed tweaking. She asked me to do that for her and I accepted the challenge. I tweaked 1000 reviews for her and
she agreed to put me on her website as her editor. The first thing I edited was a children’s story about a horse. I wanted to edit the story for free but the author insisted on paying me. I accepted five dollars as payment and that is how this adventure began.
3. What makes a book difficult to edit?
…Mainly, the writer because if the writer is close-minded, an editor’s job becomes nearly impossible. It’s tough to make any progress if a writer won’t accept changes or constructive criticism.
Have you ever read a book that was so poorly written that you couldn’t make heads or tails of it? Imagine what it’s like for an editor. I have had to tell writers to go back to the drawing board (and usually they take my advice).
He keeps changing his mind! Mr. Undecided Writer has written a book but he keeps altering the text. Now I have to edit the same thing over and over again as I pull my hair out of my head.
4. What advice do you give to authors before the book reaches the editor?
Ask yourself this question. Have I done everything possible to make my book the best it can be? If yes, contact me and let’s talk about your book. If you have doubts, review your writing process. Have friends read your manuscript and listen to their advice. Most of all, take your time. The slow turtle wins the race. Rush this process and you can expect to lay out a fortune when you do hire an editor. (We don’t work for peanuts!)
5. What exciting books are you editing now?
I just finished editing a book written by Joyce Isaacson entitled Wish You Were Here. The story takes place in heaven, one Rock star searches for another and all the interesting people he meets on the way. Of course there is much more to the book than that.
6. Tell us about your family and how you balance editing and family life?
Since I edit part-time and I am retired, finding time to edit is a cake-walk. My wife lives to shop so I do a lot of editing when she is not around. As I work on this she is out and about, probably at Sam’s Club or another favorite place, Kohl’s.
7. Do you edit full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than edit and how do you find time to edit?
When I am not editing (like now), I am busy promoting myself, creating an all-purpose website, reading and reviewing books, talking to other writers and keeping in touch with my writers/friends, like Julius. I am retired now so I have a lot of free time. I believe volunteering in your community is a wonderful way to give back so I volunteer at our local library bookstore two days a week. I also love spending time with family and friends, especially camping and traveling. Why not see the world and make a few friends along the way.
8. Give us some tips for writing a novel?
Keep a journal… It’s one of the best ways to come up with ideas.
Get organized… Don’t write off the cuff, you can’t wing everything.
Readership… Decide who you want to read your book and write it with that in mind. Know your audience and take time to learn how they act and how they think.
Marketing… Don’t think about marketing after the book is written because you should be marketing it after you’ve written the first chapter. Rome wasn’t built in a day so planning is key.
Read, Read, Read… The more you read, the better you’ll write. I guarantee it. Read books within your genre, paying close attention to style and word choice.
9. How do you market your editing skills?
One step at a time… that’s how I look at a lot of things. Interviews are a great way to gain exposure. The internet, if used properly, is THE best tool. I have a Moneysaver Editing page in Face Book, a page in Authors Den and ano
ther in WordPress. I have sent bookmarks to great guys like Julius and other writers to distribute at book fairs. I advertise on any website I can, especially if it’s free.
10. What makes a good book editor?
I don’t know, but you can ask my writers. I can only speak for myself because I’m the only editor I know. I take the time to talk to my writers. After all, we have to be a good fit. If not, the project is doomed to fail. Communication, throughout the whole process, is critical. Julius, I bet you agree with me.
Nitpicker… that is my middle name; if you’re not looking for a perfectionist don’t hire me. I believe every word is critical. One word can make or break a book.
Team Work… There is no ‘I’ in team. A writer and an editor must be willing to form a writing team, working together to make a book the best it can be. The team doesn’t disband when the editing is done. That’s just a beginning.
How does an author contact Dennis DeRose for his editing services?
Feel free to email me at DDEROSE@HVC.RR.COM or call me at 845-239-4513 and let’s chat a bit. My time is your time. I am here to help you. Check me out here… https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-de-rose-15262917/