The joy of editing a good book.

Most of you know that I’m not an author. I “just” edit books, so writing stuff like this blog post is not quite what I usually do. But I’ve decided to at least try to write something every other day, or so.

I’ve been editing books for Serenity Valley Publishing since mid/late 2013.
During the time, I’ve seen John Davis evolve from a mediocre(I’m sorry mate, but that’s true) author with good stories to an awesome author with great stories.

His latest books, like Heroes of Destiny, Heroes of Battle, Emma, One Last Hero and Gunship: Space Rebels are miles away in quality compared to the earliest books like the original Gunship.

While the idea of the story and the characters of Gunship are good, the actual writing is not good, and at that time, the lack of an editor is painfully obvious. I urge you to check out the first Gunship(It’s free, so you won’t lose anything more than a few hours of your time), then try Heroes of Destiny(It’s also free, so no losses) and see the difference.

Of the later books, I have to say that Emma is my favorite.

I’m currently working on editing Fleet: Guardians, the latest installment in the best selling Fleet series. All I can say at the moment is: Wow, this is an awesome book. The story is set in The Drifts, the outer rim of The Skyla System, a hundred years or so after the fall of Dalton James. An ancient race of aliens have come back to the Skyla System to wage war on the races currently living there in peace. In the face of overwhelming odds, a small group becomes the heroes needed to keep the ancients at bay.

Editing this book is pure joy. A great flowing story where I don’t have to add too much red ink, except some minor suggestions about enhancing the story and stupid comments to make John laugh. My job have never been easier than it is now. The journey both me and John have traveled the last few years have been long and sometimes painful, but we’ve really come far from where we once started.

Today I can proudly say that I’m a good editor and John is a great author. In 2013, if I would have said that, I would have been a liar.