Mar 1Liked by Lee G. Hornbrook

My brother’s birthday is today and he’s been gone almost 17 years. He was 19 years old and his death is shrouded in mystery. It was a swimming accident but he was a strong swimmer. It was really nice to stumble upon your page and read your memoir. Thank you for sharing it. It really helps to hear about others dealing with the same things.

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Feb 28Liked by Lee G. Hornbrook

Hi Lee. I found your excerpts very moving, and, yes, I would read more. I have tried to write a memoir about me and my younger sister, dead ten years now by perhaps suicide, perhaps unintentional overdose, perhaps a bit of murder. Haven't found the form/how to approach it yet. She was also the victim of fundamentalist Christianity.

I am a beta-reader; at least, I have been for one author, Christopher St. John. I am also interested in the beta-reading process, although I am, for now, taking George's example to heart, and not putting my work out for critique prematurely. I am at work on a book, about a rabbit and an old Buddhist woman, which, perhaps is a backdoor into writing about my sister.

I signed up for Substack, and now I don't know what to do with it. I'm curious to see how others are using the platform. Thinking, thinking, thinking.

All the best, your fellow Story Clubber,

Nancy Gage

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Developmental editors are what we think of as editors at publishing companies. They acquire books then edit them. They look at big picture concerns for the genre of the book - plot and character arcs, setting and world building, pacing. They are less concerned with sentence level language which is usually the domain of copy editors and line editors. And proofreaders are the last line of defense against errors. It takes a lot to produce w good book.

Dev editors are in demand because of self-publishing. I’m with you in being raised during the time of “vanity publishing.” That world has changed. One can always get published now but that doesn’t necessarily raise the quality of work. And publishing houses still publish lots of trash. Marketing and selling books is a whole different ballgame from creating books.

Fox 8 really is a back door to story club! But there are so many good books with talking animals.

I would say for beta reads - have a draft that you feel is polished. It’s at that point that the work starts. That’s when a dev editor can do his or her best work. Take what you think is polished and then bring to the fore the concerns of storytelling. It’ll help you revise with some focus. Save works in progress for a couple close friend readers from a writing group. Beta reads benefit from strangers reading your work.

You can check out my website for my dev editing work - https://leehornbrook.com. And you can write me at lee_hornbrook@yahoo DOT com so we can take this conversation offline.

As for substack, you can totally use it as a blogging platform. I’d love to see some of your thoughts on substack.

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