Meet the Editor: Sarah Joy Freese

Today we have Senior Editor, Sarah Joy Freese telling us a little about herself and her work at Anaiah Press.

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  1. What is your background in editing? I have a BA in English from Cornerstone University and an MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before editing manuscripts, I worked as both a high school and college English instructor. In 2008, I began editing for a variety of award-winning authors including some who are on the New York Times bestsellers list.

  2. What are you looking for at the moment? I am not acquiring for Anaiah. I am only serving as an editor.

  3. With all the manuscripts that cross your desk, what is the internal experience between the one you know is “the one” and all the others—even if all the others are quite good? Again, I am not acquiring for Anaiah, so I won’t be choosing “the one”. However, I know that a manuscript is great when the plot is gripping, the characters are believable (I want to be the character’s best friend or do what he/she does), the setting feels like a character itself, and the language is powerful.

  4. How do you view rejection? What greater purpose does it serve in the creative process—for the writer? Rejection is just as much a part of the publishing process as is drafting, editing, revising, critique groups, social networking, and, eventually, publication. It happens to everyone, and the more you work on your writing the more common (and less personal) rejections become. You will learn to see them as a part of your job. They just are.

  5. Is the decision to publish an author – or not publish – ever excruciatingly difficult? What is going through your mind? And your heart? Again, this doesn’t really apply to me. I just help authors fix the manuscripts that other editors acquire.

  6. What advice would you give writers about the publishing experience? Be willing to be flexible during all parts—be patient when you are waiting, work hard when you receive your edits and work hard on social networking. Become an author who an editor wants to work with.

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