‘Editification’ and delight – The Goddess of the Devil

Here is a Reblog from my writing, composing and editing site:The-Goddess-Of-The-Devil---book-tagless-small

Most writers tend to want their editors to remain, if not invisible, at least fairly well-hidden. Some, but not all, do give an acknowledgement in the front matter. Some don’t. They want it to be assumed that no hand has muddied the pristine waters of their genius.

If authors do mention that their book is in the course of being edited, they hardly ever say by whom, so unless they do the editor is also obliged to keep mum on the subject.

Also, the editor has to be aware of the confidentiality of the relationship. If it is known what books are being worked on, any general remarks on writing faults may be assumed as having arisen from the current project.

It is refreshing, therefore, that I have received full permission from the multi-talented Mart Sander (link is to the Wiki page on him) to blog my appraisal of his latest novel, now undergoing an edit of the final section. He may, of course, have been influenced by the fact that it isn’t exactly uncomplimentary! 🙂

The Goddess of the Devil
Mart Sander

Editor’s Appraisal

Maria Orsic (Metapedia)Few novels I have edited – or, indeed, read – have gripped my attention and imagination to the extent this one has succeeded in doing. The main protagonist, Maria Orsic (Orschitsch), actually existed and was an exceptionally beautiful woman, with blonde hair to her ankles, whose mediumistic talents were acknowledged even by sceptics. Her association with the famous and the infamous of the Nazi era, and the influence of her ‘Vril’ group of clairvoyants and mediums upon them, had an undoubted effect on the events of that time. How much so, is one of many fields explored in the novel.

From her first meeting with two anonymous men, the book leaves no doubt regarding the reality of her abilities in esoteric matters. The limitations in her talents, though, provide a source of suspense and frustration for the reader throughout.

(467 more words – see original post)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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21 Responses to ‘Editification’ and delight – The Goddess of the Devil

  1. Kev says:

    Ooh, I like the sound of this one. 🙂


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  3. Col, how do you find the time for all of this? Writing, poetry, editing, composing,family man, horseman, cat lover….I’m dizzy just contemplating it all! Lovely to hear about Mart’s book – sounds as if it is a must-read!


    • colonialist says:

      Not to mention, now, house demolition … er, reconfiguration … overseer!
      The book is one to suffer damage from over-eager turning of pages, indeed! And talk about not finding time – how HE does it, I don’t know. Gives a concert, records some TV episodes, and then writes 4000 words or so …


  4. Arkenaten says:

    I seem to recall you got a ”nod” in something I wrote

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  5. Editors are worth their weight in gold and I always acknowledge them in my books. I didn’t know it was “cool” for them to write reviews of books they have edited, though. Conflict of interest and all of that. Interesting! 🙂


    • colonialist says:

      I have also been inclined to avoid doing so because of that perceived conflict, but when one thinks about it an editor, with an intimate ‘outside’ view of the work, is one of the best qualified to write a review. This, only provided it is clear to the author that it will be done honestly, objectively and without bias. Unless that is accepted, the editor should abstain – and, of course, should not expect payment for such writing or there certainly would be a conflict. A blurb or a synopsis is a different matter.
      As with all reviews, if it is favourable the author will use it, but if scathing will stick it in a cupboard and pretend it didn’t happen.


  6. The Asian says:

    Maybe you should edit my blog posts before I publish them. I see nowadays that there are more and more errors popping up…


  7. Ruth2Day says:

    I agree the editor is very important. They pin point so much and are really the first people to tell you if you have a winner or not 🙂
    well done to you on your hard work


  8. Glad you posted this here. You must have smiled over his appraisal. All your hard work came together.


  9. therealrene says:

    Follow my Blog? I do reviews on Rock n Roll Autobiographies and True Crime Books



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