What I learned editing Artificial Divide.

I have some really great news for everybody. You can now pre order Artificial Divide, the #OwnVoices anthology by Blind and visually impaired writers.

It’s been a long but fun journey. For instance, reading submissions, making the book trailer, and putting on the cover reveal. I’m super excited about this anthology and I can’t wait to experience people reading this book.

First, I’d like to provide the order links. I’d then like to talk about some things I’ve learned while editing the anthology.

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The editing journey.

Reading many submissions has helped me to better my own writing and reading in a number of ways. When you’re editing a story, it’s very easy to just say, for example, that something doesn’t work. It’s actually not good critique if you just tell the writer, it’s not good. It doesn’t help the writer improve.

Unfortunately, as with any anthology, there will be many rejections. I’d like to tell writers that, in most cases, it’s not bad writing that gets you rejected. It could be just the personal tastes of the editor. An editor’s personal tastes does not determine your writing status. You are a great writer even if your story was rejected for a magazine or anthology.

I wish more editors would give personalized rejections. By personal rejections, I mean personalized rejections with constructive feedback. I think editors sometimes get a little high and mighty and love becoming gatekeepers without helping writers grow. When I first got the green light to do the anthology, I made it a personal mission to give a personal, constructive, rejection for each and every story that didn’t make it into the anthology. My goal was to clearly outline strengths and weaknesses I thought fit the story. I wanted to do this for the writer’s benefit, not my benefit.

If I’m being honest, that was the highlight of the editing process. Improving other writers for their benefits, not mine. I’ve read so many great stories that the final decision wasn’t an easy one. I’m glad I had the chance to read so many great submissions by Blind and visually impaired authors. I can’t wait to do it again in the future.

Last but not least, enjoy the anthology and stay tuned for more books!