Meet Fritze Roberts, a freelance editor and former project manager who enjoys helping authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success.
If you had a time machine, where and when would you be right now?
I might go back to the 1950’s or 60’s, when the industrial revolution was still inspiring and the world economies were robust. Many believed that scientific advancement could lead to a bright future. I’d like to witness the energy of a time when people said “Let’s go to the moon, just because we can.” There were certainly problems in society, but people had hope. They saw injustice and other challenges as something that could be overcome with peaceful perseverance. I think there is power in that era that is often overlooked.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Follow your gut and be strong when you want to say no to someone.
What is your favorite resource for writers?
A podcast called Writing Excuses, in which a group of published authors discuss craft. They come up with a “course” for each year and cover various topics, from word choice and voice to the specifics of different genres. Most of the authors write in speculative genres, but craft is craft. If you’re writing fiction, I’m sure they cover topics relevant to your work.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your literary career?
I love working as a freelance editor, because I get to read books I might not have picked up otherwise, and help new authors communicate their ideas clearly. Knowing that I helped someone finish a book is inspiring to me.
What is your favorite tip for writers?
When it’s time to edit, read your work out loud and mark the awkward parts that need polishing.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
Time management is always a challenge. Balancing my commitment to my clients with business needs like marketing and admin tasks, and then still finding time to put words on page and polish stories for submission – all these things take a lot of time and it is sometimes difficult to prioritize.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
I would bring a tarp, a knife or machete, and a packet of vegetable seeds.
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