For once, something good about me broke over on Facebook and Twitter instead of here at the blog. It was really good news and I wanted the immediate gratification that comes with social media. I know. I actually went as far as to re-friend about 100 people I previously deleted in my last major social media purge just so I could have the max amount of congratulatory messages. I know. But as is normally the case, the blog provides a better home for more substantial analysis of my good news (and, not coincidentally, another chance to mention it on Twitter and Facebook).
So, many of you may know me as the editor of Demolition from back in the bygone days of the mid 2000s. But before that, I actually work in Big Publishing in New York City and loved it. Sort of. I loved the job and sort of loved New York City but I hated being poor in New York City so I left in 2001. I’ve been missing full blown commercial editing since then. Since then I’ve made a nice reputation as a writer, but I’ve also come to grips with the realities of the current publishing climate and my own personal commercial aspirations.
These days if I’m going to do the full-time stay at home thing I so desire, it’s going to take more than novels and short stories to make that happen. Many other writers make a living doing other kinds of writing like corporate writing or RPG game writing or some such thing. I’ve never had any desire to do that kind of writing but always thought editing would be a cool gig to help branch the revenue stream. Unfortunately, until recently, the only way to do that was to be a well-known published author or former big shot publishing executive and work with authors looking to strengthen their bid for a Big NYC contract. But the rise of digital publishing has broaden this field immensely. The need for talented freelance editors to help indie writers stand out from the onslaught of slop is growing every day and big name digital publishing companies like Carina Press are looking to fill their editorial needs with freelance talent as well.
I first heard of Carina through Alison Dasho (who I first heard about through Bleak House Books and Tyrus Books). If it hadn’t been for Alison I never would have known these opportunities even exists. So know here I am roughly a year after I first started looking into this whole hubbub and I’m delighted with the prospects. Obviously my dream now is to develop a strong, deep, line at Carina and in the near future put together enough editing and creative writing work to work from home and still support my family. For now, I’m really looking forward to digging into the slush pile and helping talented authors bring their visions to the eager digital masses. I also expect I’ll become something of a social media shill for Carina Press and their authors but we all know that’s a better deal than me just being a social media shill for myself.
For those interested in submitting something to Carina Press for my consideration I’ve set up a dedicated Editing page with all of the pertinent details.