One little lie just became deadly…
Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.
So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.
Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…
Why it’s important to have an editor!
I am a bit biased because I’m an editor as well as being an author, but I wanted to post about how important I think the editorial process can be. My editor did a great job on The Girl Next Door, pushing me to do things that made the book much better, and usually by the time an author sends a book to their editor they’ve read it so many times that it’s very hard to see the wood for the trees! I think it’s so useful to have that extra pair of eyes on your work after you’ve been locked up alone with it for months at a time – an editor’s opinion is usually very valuable and can help you hone your book into a novel that will capture readers’ attention and, crucially, keep them engaged right until the end.
In my day job, I am lucky enough to work with some incredible authors and edit their books, and it’s always lovely when a writer listens to my point of view and takes suggestions on board. You don’t always have to do everything your editor says, of course not, but often there will be a good reason behind their suggestions so if you’re unsure about it, find a time where you can chat to them and talk things through together as I think that really helps. As a writer it is hard to let go of the work you’ve poured your heart and soul into, but in order for the book to be the best it can be, you do need to accept that editing is part of the process and that a good editor should improve your manuscript. The author-editor relationship is important and there may be times when it doesn’t work, in which case you should speak to your agent and voice your concerns. But hopefully, the editorial process can be an enjoyable one, a time for you to polish up your manuscript from a stone into a sparkly diamond!
About the Author
Phoebe Morgan is an author and senior commissioning editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her blog about publishing and writing at phoebemorganauthor.com. The Doll House is her debut novel. It became a #1 iBooks bestseller and spent over 8 weeks in the Kindle top 100. Her second book, The Girl Next Door, will be out on 21st February 2019 in paperback, ebook and audio, and a third will follow in 2020.