Our week with Champagne Books concludes with Nikki Andrews, a manuscript editor. Hope you've enjoyed learning a little more about the publishing business...and maybe decided to check out some new writers. I'll have new interviews in the coming weeks with more Champagne Books staff and authors.
What brought you to Champagne Books and your position?
After deciding that I really wasn't cut out for life as an admin assistant and getting too old to return to the physical demands of picture framing, I decided to follow my heart and look for work as an editor. Cindy Davis, who had been the editor for my murder mystery "Framed" and remains a good friend in spite of it, referred and recommended me to Champagne.
What do you do for Champagne Books?
I'm a manuscript editor.
Are you currently looking for submissions and if so, what kind?
I am not involved in the selection of manuscripts.
If you could create the perfect book, what elements would it have in it (besides being well written)?
Strong, memorable characters, a plausible and intriguing plot, an unexpected twist or two, and solid research where necessary. Sparkling prose will hook me every time. And I love works that are not afraid to mix genres.
Is there anything aspiring writers should avoid? Any pitfalls or "Kiss of Death" mistakes to avoid?
Sloppy grammar and spelling make me crazy. How hard is it to check a grammar book or a dictionary? Telling me that X knew how Y felt about Z makes me yawn; show me that process instead. But if the elements above are present, I can forgive a lot.
Anything else you want to share about your background or interests?
I never would have believed that all those dull grammar drills under the ruler of Sister Mary Mary would lead to a career that I enjoy so much. At last I'm fulfilling my childhood dream of reading for a living!
Are you currently reading anything for pleasure right now, and if so, what is it?
I'm an omnilecteur. If it has words I'll read it, or at least start to read it. Right now I'm in a curious period of re-reading old favorites, or catching up on books I missed while I was busy raising kids. Recently, for instance, I re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and was totally blown away by things I never saw in it twenty years ago. My TBR pile includes Charles Darwin, Garth Stein, Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Delisi, and Margaret Atwood, among many others.
To learn more about Nikki Andrews and her work, please visit: www.nikkiandrewsbooks.com.
To read an excerpt from the action novel by Victoria Roder, please click on the book cover below. It is available in both print and digital formats.