services of a John Hudspith. Now, I was already familiar with John, having passed by him in various writing forums, but had never really thought of him in his editing capacity. The reason I noticed anything at all on Twitter is because
I needed an editor.
The first thing I did was check out his page. I read through the testimonials, and thought, what the hell, I’ll wing him an email. John got back to me very quickly and asked for the first three chapters, a rough synopsis and any other info, notes and inspirations. In return, he would edit the first chapter so I could see the quality of his edits and suggestions. Nothing to lose, I thought, and sent over everything he asked for.
This was the beginning of a two month long collaboration. I wanted him as my editor about five seconds after I finished reading his initial edits. My work was short – a novella – so I knew it would be a quick project. But John gave so much more than I expected. Not only did I get errors pointed out and fluff removed, I got suggestions where I needed to flesh the plot out and places where I needed to cut entire paragraphs. I was nervous at first, especially when large amounts of text were going under the delete button, but then I rationalised. They are just words. I have a saved copy. If I read it back afterwards and the section seems to be missing something then put the words back. It was at that point I really began to trust John, because every single time he suggested I make a big change (and it’s always a suggestion) he was right. Without a doubt, I could re-read that day and see how much cleaner the chapter was.
In terms of attitude, I suppose you get out of these things what you put in. I came to John with an open and accepting mind, and what I got back was a super-nice editor who was a dream to work with. I thoroughly recommend John Hudspith – if you want a short story, novella or novel edited, he is your man. I will be returning to him with my next work and the one after that. (John, this is your first official warning.)
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