Editor's Spotlight
Urban Book Source
February 2006


Belinda WilliamsBelinda Williams

Writer, Editor, Reviewer, and CEO of Literary Lifestyles, LLC, Belinda Williams is a multi-talented entrepreneur. With companies like MommyToo.com, Northern Star News, RAWsistaz, Bookreporter.com, and Romantic Times on her resume, Belinda’s talents are in constant demand in the publishing industry. Currently she is a columnist for Ms. Financial Savvy.com, and a contractual editor for a handful of companies.

Continue on to find out more about this Savvyy go-getter.

UBS: What do you look for in writing when editing?
Belinda:
I look for continuity, a tight storyline that flows well, stylistic and typographical errors—that sort of thing.

UBS: Will you ever write a book?
Belinda:
Yes, I have written a novel and participated in an anthology.

UBS: How do you feel after reading something you spent countless hours working on and then you come across something you missed after the work has already been published?
Belinda:
I have someone read the work that I’ve edited. When you’re editing something, you become very, very close to it. So close sometimes, that you may miss something very simple because you know how it’s supposed to read.

UBS: Can you tell us the process of Ghost Writing?
Belinda:
Ghostwriting is when you write a story for someone, or co-write with them.

UBS: Does the writer give you an idea or outline?
Belinda:
Usually, if you’re ghostwriting for someone, you get the idea from the author and bring it to life. It can be a tedious process, and involves interviewing, writing, editing and rewriting time, and so on and so. When you’re just ghostwriting, you usually get paid for the project, but that’s where it ends. If your book becomes a bestseller, sorry —it’s not your property because you wrote it for someone else, knowing the possibilities. If you’re co-authoring, you get partial credit for the work, along with the other author(s).

UBS: Any tips for aspiring authors?
Belinda:
Never give up on your dreams, because success doesn’t happen overnight. Additionally, if you believe in your work, don’t let anyone change the entire content of what you are trying to say. That would make it their story, not yours.

UBS: Is there a side of editing that outsiders may not know about, that you can share with us?
Belinda:
It can be a long, grueling process.

UBS: Have you ever or would you ever put a book down while editing if the story wasn’t good?
Belinda:
Yes, I’ve done that. Sometimes when it’s a lot of work to be done on the manuscript, you have to put it down, take a breather and start fresh. If the story is really bad, you want to tell the author why, and how they can make it better.

UBS: What do you think of urban literature as of right now?
Belinda:
Urban literature is really hot right now. Everyone enjoys realism, but sometimes too much of something at one time isn’t good. A lot of readers are starting to look for stories that aren’t as urban. Also, Christian fiction has definitely picked up.

UBS: Do you ever find yourself re-writing a lot of any one authors work?
Belinda:
No, not really

UBS: What can an author do not to get on your bad side? And what can they do to become the dream client?
Belinda:
LOL. It’s very hard to get on my bad side (do I have one of those?). I try to have a good working relationship with everyone. Honestly, authors need to remember that they are people, and just because they get a book deal or publish a book, that doesn’t make them famous. You have to treat people as you want to be treated, because not every book that gets published, either by a major or self-published will be a bestseller. A dream client? Someone who takes constructive criticism as just that—not as a reflection of them. Someone who wants their dreams to become a reality, and is willing to work hard to get it.

UBS: What are your favorite types of books? Please name a few of your favorite authors.
Belinda:
I read everything, but I love mysteries. Some of my favorite authors are Gregory Townes, John Grisham, LA Banks, Tananarive Due, Meg Cabot.

UBS: How long have you been editing? Tell us about Literary Lifestyle, and what’s next for you?
Belinda:
I’ve been editing for a number of years now. Literary Lifestyle is a PR and literary services firm that handles everything from editing, promotions, writing, typing, event planning—you name it. What’s next? Well, I have a non-profit that I’m working with and some other things in the works. Good things are coming this year.


Contact Belinda Williams at: www.literarylifestyle.com


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