Thursday, August 20, 2015

2 Editor Jen Ryan of Ellysian Press Publishing on Research, Harry Potter, and Reading

Even though she didn’t know it, Jen Ryan has been editing since she was a young girl. Much to the chagrin of her teachers, she’d often point out errors in her textbooks. Combining that sharp eye for detail with her love of books and the skills she learned through her formal education, Jen took it to the next level. She has established herself as an exacting editor, with a growing reputation for excellence.
Jen teaches English composition and writing at her local college. She also owns and runs her own editing company, in addition to being one of two partners in Ellysian Press.
Jen lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her husband, three children and assorted animals. She loves transforming fruit and vegetables into healthy (and sometimes decadent) jams, jellies and preserves. Her pumpkin butter is to die for.

You can find her editing website here: http://imaginethatediting.com/.
The Ellysian Press website is: http://www.ellysianpress.com/.
You can also follow Jen on social media:
Jen on Facebook
Jen on Twitter



1. How did you decide to become an editor?
I have always been an avid reader, and would naturally edit as I read (even text books in high school, my teachers hated it when I pointed out errors). So, when a friend, an author and fellow instructor at the college I teach at, asked me to Beta-Read for her, I accepted. She came back to me after and said something along the lines of "Jen, that's not Beta-Reading, that's editing." I laughed and told her I couldn't do the job half-way, it just wasn't in me. I then edited her next novel, and the next, and pretty soon decided to start editing for others. As time went on, I learned even more and eventually decided to open my own free-lance editing company. Now I also am partner in Ellysian Press (Maer, my author friend, just happens to be my brilliant partner), and I get to edit for some amazing, talented authors. I love every minute of it!
2. What are some of your favorite YA/children’s books?
While at EP we don't publish children's books, we do publish YA. As for personal taste, however, I read everything, and love many children's and middle grade books/series. My favorite is the Harry Potter series. I promise that's not just an easy out, it truly is my favorite book series (maybe in any age group). 
3. What is more important: character, plot, or world? 
This is a really tough question, a good one, but a tough one. I imagine every person who answers it has a different response, and I think that is the point. This will be different for every person -- author, editor and reader alike. Personally, I think they are all very important. What point is there in creating a wondrous world, if it is populated by uninteresting characters? I do believe that the main importance will depend on each author, and each book. Different genres and stories will need different things. So for one story character may be MOST important, while for another it may be plot or world. It will depend on the point of each particular story.
4. What’s your favorite part of being an editor?
That's easy, reading! Really, I truly enjoy getting to be a part of the process. I love books, I love authors, I love stories, and I love getting to help authors make their stories the best they can be. 
5. What would you like aspiring writers to know about the publication process?
The best advice I can give to aspiring authors is to do their research. Before you submit to an editor or a publishing company, make sure you have researched your market. Make sure you have learned how to write a proper query letter. Make sure you know what you want (do you want to self-publish, do you want to go with a small press, a large one?) Research and know so that you are prepared and so that you don't get hurt along the way. 

2 comments:


  1. Please i want you all to read this amazing testimony very carefully is about how i save my marriage and get my husband back today, My name is Becky Miller , I live in Los Angeles, California, I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with three kids. A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn't call me for the past seven 9 months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://lovespelldrbrave.weebly.com/. } if you have any problem contact Dr Brave ,{ bravespellcaster@gmail.com }, thanks you Dr Brave, i will always be testifying about your good work.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I AM THE ONE WHO CALLED DR BRAVE ALL THIS NAMES AND I AM REALLY APOLOGIZING TODAY HE IS REAL NOT A SCAM, WORK WITH HIM HE WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM FOR YOU AND ANYTHING HE TELLS YOU BELIEVE IT HE IS REAL

    To all out there, who were deceived by what i wrote about Dr Brave of me calling him a scam, it was just that i did not have patient with him, but today i am glad that my husband is back today, and to Dr Brave the great spell caster i am very sorry, i was the one who wrote those words below, please to you all out there who is passing through different kind of problem please contact Dr Brave he is real, and i am sorry for buying your trust on Dr Brave just contact him today he will help you ok.

    NOTE: Any were you come across any of these articles on the internet i am sorry it was my impatient that caused it am sorry and in what ever you do just try and have patient, THANK YOU, AM VERY SORRY FOR ALL THESE BLASPHEMY, I REALLY APOLOGIZE DR BRAVE, MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TOGETHER NOW Next is Dr Brave from http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com & http://lovespelldrbrave.weebly.com

    Dr. Brave is another big scammer. AM VERY SORRY FOR ALL THESE BLASPHEMY,HE IS REALLY, He is a fake and a fraud. Do not listen to any of the good reviews about him because there fake. Someone told me that they had gotten scammed by him. He robbed that person for their money and he will do the same for you. Do not listen to anything that he says. Here is a forum that I found:
    http://www.spsreviewforum.com/threads/2672-Email-address-only-spellcasters-Scammers/page7 ,I REALLY APOLOGIZE DR BRAVE, MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TOGETHER NOW

    Dr Brave bravespellcaster@gmail.com SCAM SCAM SCAM
    http://www.spsreviewforum.com/threads/2672-Email-address-only-spellcasters-Scammers/page7

    DR BRAVE bravespellcaster@gmail.com www.bravespellcaster.yolasite.com SCAM SCAM SCAM
    bravespellcaster@gmail.com http://bravespellcaster.yolasite.com SCAM SCAM SCAM SPAMMER

    Dr Brave bravespellcaster@gmail.com REALLY APOLOGIZING TODAY HE IS REAL NOT A SCAM, WORK WITH HIM HE WILL SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM FOR YOU AND ANYTHING HE TELLS YOU BELIEVE IT HE IS REAL
    AM VERY SORRY FOR ALL THESE BLASPHEMY, I REALLY APOLOGIZE DR BRAVE, MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TOGETHER NOW

    ReplyDelete

Tell us what you think. We'd love to hear from you! :)