For those of you who don’t know, I’m one of the editors at the new editing service Yellow Bird Editors. The company’s moto is “Stand Out. Get Published.” And in today’s market, writers need to stand out more if they’re going to rise to the top and get published. As Foreward Literary agent and founder Laurie McLean said in a 2011 interview, ” The bar has been placed so high for writers, it’s made it nearly impossible for even the strong writers to break in.” And that’s what editors such as those of us at Yellow Bird can help.
Yellow Bird Editors is founded by editor extraordinaire Sara Kocek, whose novel Promise Me Something will be on shelves Sept. 1. Sara holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry. She also earned a BA in English from Yale.
The Yellow Bird team also includes Jan Baumer, a former acquisitions and substantive editor for HarperOne; Stephanie Land, who has 16 years experiences in publishing including a period at Random House; Bethany Hegedus, writing mentor and author of Between Us Baxters, Truth with a Capital T and the upcoming Grandfather Gandhi; Jennifer Ziegler, author of more than 20 books, including How Not to Be Popular and Sass & Serendipity; Jo Whitemore, author of tween humor novels D Is for Drama and others; and E. Kristin Anderson, co-editor of the anthology Dear Teen Me and assistant editor of Vermont College of Fine Arts literary magazine Hunger Mountain.
Together the Yellow Bird Editors edit and coach writers, in all stages of their careers. We also try to teach our clients how to take our guidance and use it in their future writing. I wrote a post on self-editing for the Yellow Bird Editors blog last week. And this week, a few of us YB’ers will be on a panel at the Writers League of Texas monthly Third Thursday event at BookPeople.
In “The Agony of Delete! Tips and Coping Strategies for Revising Your Draft,” E. Kristin Anderson, Bethany Hegedus, Sara Kocek and myself will be giving tips on how to take off your writer hat and switching to hard-nosed editor mode.
If you’re in the Austin area, come and ask question at 7pm on Thursday. See you there!