Awhile back, I finished my first round of edits of a book by Kamin Bell. She’s a coach, and has written an inspirational personal story, chock FULL of wonderful details.
Aside from general editing for readability, clarity, commonly misused words and grammar issues, I also pared down some of the details.
Did I take out too much?
I admit I was a bit nervous removing so much content, but as Kamin reported in our next telephone meeting,
“I loved what you did. Every time I came across a section you deleted I said, “Interesting!” and I could immediately see that those details didn’t add anything to the story. Other changes just made me say, “Wow!” Your editing and the engaging words you chose have made the story flow so much better.”
This book is my baby
Further, Kamin told me,
“From the first day we spoke, I felt I could trust you. There is a gentleness in which you communicate, even as you’re being honest and straight to the point. This book is my baby, and I knew that in your hands it would be cared for.”