A guest article by Doreen Westphal, who supports the Schreibwerkstatt as an editor.

The boom in self-publishing benefits authors and editors alike. Texts that you or a woman have long written and would like to publish, are finally written. Those who have already written and disappeared in drawers can be brought out.

Writing for self-realization, as a therapy, as a pastime … everything possible and everything allowed. Of course not everything is going well! All the more refreshing when a lecturer sometimes finds a pearl in the multitude of self-publishing jobs.

The first impression

The first time I skimmed through the manuscript that Michael Hauenschild had sent to the writing workshop – this was about a cost estimate and a sample library – I had to smile: varied narrative objects (not always light fare), taken seriously and at the same time relaxed a lot of humor and a wink tells. It quickly became a desire to continue reading. It was clear that they had to work on them – that’s why the author had contacted us!

The usual two correction passes

Huberta, the owner of the writing workshop and the person in charge of editing, came to a financial agreement with the author and the routinely scheduled two corrections confirmed my first reading impression: a book well above the average of what often ends up on my desk.

The third review

After completing the agreed work, the author could easily continue working with my corrections, accepting some, rejecting others, and having his book printed. However, he agreed to the proposal of a third correction, which was a correct decision! Because not only had – as with almost all authors – mistakes in the incorporation of my correction suggestions crept in, but especially a history of the collection had it formally particularly in itself, at the had to be reworked a lot. With her we had, I think, even five corrections. Michael Hauenschild and I worked together with joy and tenacity on the story together.

The willingness to learn

Proofreading is great fun if I’m allowed to do good texts even better and have to deal with authors who are interested in learning. In addition, it is fortunate that they have the time and financial resources to mature their child until they send it out into the world.

From my many years of work, I know that this is not at all self-evident. Some writers write for years on their book, investing a lot of passion in the project, and when it goes to the editorial, they lack the patience and / or the willingness to dig a little deeper into the bag to get the most out of their To get out a manuscript.

All the better if you meet authors who approach this last phase without pressure. Most of them are in the middle of working life and are relaxed about an exchange about their text and the maturation process. Editing has a high priority for them and that pays off for everyone involved.

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