Callaway, Virginia (PressExposure) February 19, 2007 -- Freelance editor and book editor Heather Froeschl takes top honors in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2007 in the annual Book Editor category. The Preditors & Editors webpage, http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/, is a watchdog in the publishing world.
Heather Froeschl, freelance editor and owner of Quilldipper.com (www.quilldipper.com), has been editing, proofreading, and critiquing manuscripts since 1998. Froeschl also has hundreds of book review credits to her name and a long list of satisfied clients. Beginning her editing career as a Glossy Print Magazine Editor, she now works one on one with authors and book publishers.
"Authors donât have to accept rejection any longer," Froeschl says. "Thousands of unknown authors are rejected by publishing companies every day. A typical authorâs collection of 'no thanks' letters can easily be considered a fire hazard. It is my goal to help authors to succeed. A little red ink now can keep the rejection slips away.â
Because of all the competition in the writing world, making sure an author's work is the best it can be is the first step. Most authors need a second look, because they are too familiar with their work to catch errors that could be glaring to a publisher. Big publishers wonât look at an unpolished manuscript and many small publishers do not employ editors. The quality of the written word is at risk when books are freely published with glaring typos, grammar errors, and other common mistakes. According to Froeschl, âAuthors are often rejected simply because the work appears sloppy and a publisher cannot, or doesnât wish to, invest time and money having to edit or even rewrite manuscripts.â
Finding an editor to work with is just as important as finding an agent. Authors need to look for qualifications and referrals. The Preditors and Editors site acts as a guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers, spotlighting troublemakers and scammers and offering referrals for those who qualify. Their readers post recommendations and warnings. The annual contest pinpoints the best of the best in the publishing world, where readers vote for the top authors, books, editors, publishers, illustrators and more. Froeschl was delighted with her win in this year's Book Editor category.