Give Me 5 Minutes, I’ll Give You The Truth About Book Editors

Wot So Funee?Hi all, Bug here. I don’t often write on the blog; I don’t often write at all – it’s not my favourite think. So when my first book came home in my folder of accomplishments from my year 1 work, Mummy was surprised to find my first book in there, complete with front cover and jacket blurb. I’ll admit it’s an epic achievement. I pulled out all the stops, avoided sticks for an age (!), and applied myself to my writing.

Mummy was so impressed she published it. She edited it first – she so missed her rightful career, that one! Click through the slides to read my first book.

The truth about book editors:

At the end of the day, it’s simple. Editors want something that will sell. They will change whatever you write, no matter how perfect it is – secretly I think they are frustrated writers themselves. But here’s the thing: what sells is heartstring-tuggers. Emotion, and the sensation of an impending tear is what makes a book editor happy. I have a feeling all my books will be bestsellers in our house… 😉

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  1. says

    How very funny, I never cease to be amazed by how creative lil ones can be- if only we, as grown ups, could get them in the routine of thinking outside the box for the rest of their lives, rather than putting them in the box, as it often happens.

  2. says

    Wonderful work and did not need editing at all!
    I struggle with this when it comes to homework, do we speak them through how to do it all perfectly (write something for them to copy) or let them make mistakes. Being a perfectionist on the days I decide it’s the latter I just can’t look 😉 xx
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