After completing editing work on ‘From History to Chance’ for one of my LinkedIn connections, Jamaluddin Jamali, I was asked to provide an ‘Editor’s Review’. This I was more than happy to do and would like to share it with you.
FROM HISTORY TO CHANCE
**** FOUR STARS
By E.D. Bird (Editor)
TITLE: FROM HISTORY TO CHANCE
AUTHOR: JAMALUDDIN JAMALI
SIZE: 414 PAGES
WRITTEN IN – ENGLISH (UNITED KINGDOM)
As the editor of this book I am delighted to have been called upon to write a review and would seriously prefer to give it five stars, but feel that would be arrogant.
The setting is Pakistan and the book is rich in that country’s culture which delivers interesting insights.
This is a wonderful story about Ahsen and his complicated family as well as his problematical life. It also includes the lives of two young people, their love for each other and some events that leave them in awe of life. However, it is not strictly a love story because it provides an account of Ahsen’s life from a youthful age. Ahsen’s early life is fraught with bereavement and guilt. The guilt escalates as he grows older, but he maintains his silence which is probably the reason for his mounting sense of culpability; he believes he is responsible for the death of a family friend.
Jamaluddin has a unique writing style which can only be described as endearing and I, as the editor, have done my utmost to preserve it by not interfering.
I would highly recommend this novel to all who relish tense and thrilling love affairs and also those who enjoy a little violence and a great deal of suspense. With a twist in the tail, this is a great read.
FOUR STARS ****
REVIEW BY E.D. BIRD
Immediately this review was published, Jamaluddin, whom I now consider a friend rather than a mere connection, produced a ‘review’ of his own regarding my services and this I would like to share with you too,
A writer-editor relationship…
In the development of a healthy relationship between a writer and an editor many things count, and what comes on the top is attitude.
E.D Bird is a rare, wonderful editor who has got a strong grip on English grammar, a calm and cool and humble attitude, always ready to edit or change any part of a book, accepting and incorporating into the manuscript all updates coming from a writer. During editing of my literary fiction novel, ‘From History to Chance,’ we worked like a team, sending email to each other almost daily, sharing ideas and changes, if any, confirming everything, clearing where any word or sentence appeared vague. This attitude comes from human nature; you can’t buy it from the market, and that is what made me a fan of E.D Bird.
A soft and flexible editing fee, a pro-writer approach while finalizing fee and sometimes saying, ‘okay, pay whatever you can’ is a thing that wins a writer’s heart. More often than not, writers don’t have huge funds reserved in their banks to be spent on the editing of their books but they never want to compromise on the quality and if they get both in one package, they later praise their editors with deep gratitude as I am trying to do now.
I wrote and rewrote the pitch, blurbs, description and synopsis of my book, not just me all writers do change all these things until they are sure that the thing in hand is in a fine and finished shape, and E.D Bird read them all of them over and over again, making insightful, critical comments on quality the write-ups and giving me suggestion where required. Once I wanted to change the placement of a few chapters which in the market is usually said to be the job of a development editor, it too was done by my editor with a welcoming gesture.
And, if your editor is himself or herself a writer, it becomes a double blessing as with this arises the genuine realization of what a writer feels and expects from an editor during editing stage; and E.D Bird is a writer of two novels, and thus, has all the qualities on the basis of which I can recommend my editor to all those who need a competent, intelligent and reliable person to convert their fiction and non-fiction books in finished products, indented and formatted.
Journalist and writer
From History to Chance
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