It’s my pleasure to welcome Lucy Felthouse, award-winning, best-selling author of erotic romance novels, and the editor of my latest release, One Night in Venice, for Tirgearr Publishing!
Lucy is a very busy woman! She has over 160 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. Today I’ll be asking her a few questions about editing romance though…
- How did you get into editing romance professionally?
For many, many years I’ve been a “nitpicker”, finding typos, spelling errors, incorrect punctuation, etc. When I decided to leave my job in PR & Marketing and become self-employed, I decided that editing was part of what I would like to do—I have many different strings to my bow, and editing is just one of them.
- What do you particularly like about it, and what is hard?
I like getting to read stories before the general public, knowing that I’m reading something amazing and that people are going to love it. What is hard is when there’s a great story, but it needs an awful lot of editing. I feel like a really horrible person sometimes when I cover manuscripts in comments and digital red pen. My regular authors occasionally call me “evil editor” but they mean it in a nice way—I think! And they certainly agree that they’d rather I was thorough, even if it means lots of red!
- What do you think makes a great romance novel?
Characters you adore, well-described settings, and a storyline that has you flipping the pages way past your bedtime!
- What’s the biggest mistake novices make when writing sex scenes?
There isn’t one single biggest mistake. More a collection of ones I see often—inconsistency in physical actions, i.e. a character closes their eyes, then looks at something or sees something without having opened their eyes. Telling and not showing. Using flowery words to describe body parts.
- How do writing and editing romance compare?
They’re both incredibly tough in their own way, but I find they complement each other well. For example, I find myself picking up on things in other authors’ manuscripts and realising it’s something I do, too! In writing and editing, I never stop learning and honing my craft. I never want to become complacent.
- If you had one tip for romance writers, what would it be?
Create a “tip sheet” for yourself—something you can refer to when writing, and also editing your own work. List words and phrases you overuse (mine include however, after all, the list went on, at the same time), words you misuse (trust me, your editor will thank you if he/she doesn’t have to point out the same error you make in every manuscript! You should be learning from those mistakes and not repeating them!), and other things you know you’re guilty of. Refer to it often, and hopefully it will start to sink in and become second nature. But if not, you’ve always got that document as a backup.
Thank you for being on my Love Blog today, Lucy! Super valuable information for writers!
Here’s Lucy’s full bio:
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller), Eyes Wide Open (winner of the Love Romances Café’s Best Ménage Book 2015 award, and an Amazon bestseller), The Persecution of the Wolves, Hiding in Plain Sight and Mia’s Men (The Heiress’s Harem Book 1). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 160 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter or Facebook. Sign up for automatic updates on Amazon or BookBub. Subscribe to her newsletter and get a free eBook: http://www.subscribepage.com/lfnewsletter
And enjoy her latest release here: http://mybook.to/miasmen