Editor Susan Mary Malone Offers Caution For Today’s Writers When Finding A Publisher

DALLAS, TX: Susan Mary Malone, a developmental editor who has been in the publishing business for over 25 years, guides writers through the radical change in the publishing industry recently. She stated:
“Once upon a time, a writer would work with her book editor at a publishing house to make the book the best it could be, and to further the author’s career as a writer. Well, Dorothy, that was before the tornado blew through town…”

“The business has changed. Radically. With POD (this is very different from podcasts J) and eBooks, now you can whip something off of your computer and see it ’published’ quicker than a wave of Oz’s wizard’s hand. Gone are the days of waiting and waiting and striving to secure an agent, or a publisher.”

Malone goes on to say that a greater trend toward self-publishing, with the recent increase in eBooks and other methods of self-publication, has made it easier for authors to get their works out without going to traditional publishers.

But, she continues, there is one common need that an author will still have, no matter how he or she gets published, which is the need for developmental editing.

“Writing well, and being published and/or selling like hotcakes with e-books, is a team effort. Developmental editing means not just editing for spelling and grammar, but to make sure the story and characters all work well, and that the plot is properly developed. So it is a deeper type of editing, and however you get published for the first time, you still need it. John Donne was really writing about us when he said that no man is an island. Of course, being a poet, he would know!”

Susan Mary Malone has worked as an editor, columnist and journalist, with a BS in Political Science and minors in English and Journalism. She has a client list that includes NY Times Bestsellers, Essence Bestsellers, books featured in Publishers Weekly, and an author (Mary “HoneyB” Morrison) who recently secured a seven-movie deal. Susan is also an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction herself. She participates as a speaker in literary conferences such as the recent Harriett Austin Writer’s Conference (at the University of Georgia), The East Texas Writer’s League, the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, the South West Writer’s Conference, and the upcoming Golden Triangle Writer’s Conference, among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at http://www.maloneeditorial.com