“The what?” you ask . . . Yes, a gay editor. L.G.B.T.Q.Q.I.A.+. or LGBTQIA* or whatever your preference of terminology—without question. Or attitude. Or insinuation. Or innuendo. Or even a gasp!
Sure, a good editor is a good editor—I mean, I’ve edited a manual on breastfeeding, an inspirational book to help women cope with traveling spouses, and a collection of therapeutic poems by a manic depressive whose husband had killed himself. And it never mattered that I was a man!
I’ve also assisted authors of children’s books, memoir writers, and nonfiction experts; and, it didn’t matter that I wasn’t a parent, didn’t have many years behind me, or lacked credentials in a particular field.
But I have had instances when I could tell an author was not being totally true to their writing because they didn’t think they could be totally honest.
Did it matter?
No, the fact that someone was writing a gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender love story did not matter to me—as I said, a good editor can edit anything that fits into his or her realm of material. But the fact that a writer was not aware I was gay at the beginning of the editorial process did seem to make a difference to them.
Which is why I decided to start “the-gay-editor” division of the-freelance-editor. In doing so, we all have the full deck of proverbial cards on the legendary table before any words are even spoken—my table is visible in the banner above: me with my husband! No secrets!
With the-gay-editor, you’ll be working with an editor who belongs to the community and knows the community—an editor who walked through verbal assaults and squirt-gun sprays (of who knows what) in the 1980s and who fought to continue operating The Gay Publishing Company until the “Great Recession” of 2007–2008 struck. You’ll be working with an editor who makes use of the leading industry references, but an editor who also knows his way around
- The Stylebook Supplement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Terminology (a publication of the Association of LGBTQ Journalists, formerly known as NLGJA) and regularly consults updates to the
- GLAAD Media Reference Guide, two additional resources that are specific to our audiences.
Of course, we will, just naturally, incorporate plain old common sense and a lot of overall respect, too.
So, if you were waiting . . .
to find someone who can relate to your experiences, someone who will not intimidate you, or someone who will not judge you, you now have a place to turn—a place where you can feel comfortable that your writing will be respected, and appreciated.
But, you’ll never know what we can do for you if you never ask us or tell us what you’re thinking—let’s get started . . .
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