Edita Kaye is an editor and a ‘book doctor’ known for fixing broken manuscripts and turning them around. Her work has resulted in dozens of successful book launches for new authors as well as two bestsellers listed in major national bestseller lists. Her editing expertise lies in her ability to see the true vision of each author and ensure that their concept and idea are transferred accurately to every page of their book and remain in their own voice. She has been known to move entire chapters around; cut a book in half; give her author two books, not just one; redesign book covers so the author shines; and even add additional deep research to secure her authors a standing as experts and influencers in their subject. She has worked with both fiction and nonfiction writers, and her wide bank of knowledge gives her insight into a multiplex of subjects and areas of research. She is also a ‘readers’ editor’ which means that for her, the reader experience is just as important – if not more so – than the author’s. She is diligent in making sure that the promise the author makes in their book is delivered to their readers in a way that brings important information encapsulated in books that are a joy to read.
She is also a skilled publisher and book marketer, helping her clients launch their books in such a way that they will be seen and read by as many people in their niche as possible.
When she’s not editing, Edita is reading or watching movies, or walking – her favorite form of exercise – and she is proud of doing 10,000 steps on most days – even in the rain.
Surprisingly one of her favorite kinds of books to read is cookbooks. A not very successful cook herself, she loves the art that others bring to foods from around the world.
Our Interview With Edita Kaye
Question: What’s the most important thing we should know about you?
Edita Kaye: I think the most important thing you should know about me is that I’m passionate about writing and working with authors. I especially love self-published authors and first-time authors who are trying to not only write their first book but learn how to market it and get it up on Amazon and other publishing platforms.
Question: Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.
Edita Kaye: I think that there is no such thing as failure, just a learning experience that, if embraced, takes you a step closer to success in whatever goals you have set for yourself.
Question: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Edita Kaye: I’m very proud of having helped writers and authors finish their manuscripts and see them in book form on Amazon – with lots of positive reviews and sales. That’s such a wonderful feeling.
Question: What did you waste the most time on when you were first starting your career?
Edita Kaye: When I first started, I tried too hard to follow the example of others and spent too little time finding my own voice and my own path. My advice to new authors is to trust your inner voice, be true to yourself, and never give up on your dream of becoming part of the amazing author, writing, and publishing world.
Question: Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.
Edita Kaye: I can’t live without Grammarly – it’s amazing and very useful. Keeps everything highly professional and saves mountains of time.
Question: What is your favorite hobby, and why?
Edita Kaye: I love to read, and even though I’m super busy most of the time, I still keep a stack of nonfiction and fiction titles on my bedside table.
Question: What excited you the most about your industry right now?
Edita Kaye: I’m very excited about the amazing opportunities new writers – and existing writers have – to become published authors on their own. I think this is an exciting time in publishing.
Question: Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.
Edita Kaye: I make it a habit to write every single day. I get up extra early every morning and write from 6 am to 8 am. That keeps me in practice and provides a calm, quiet time for writing. This is one habit I highly recommend.
Question: What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?
Edita Kaye: My only tip is don’t wait to be invited – just sit down. If you are writing, you already more than deserve your place!
Question: What book has made the biggest impact on your life?Edita Kaye: That’s a tough question. Too many books to count, and it seems that every year there is a new book that comes out that moves me, gives me a new perspective, or teaches me something, and for that, I’m very grateful to all those writers who share their thoughts and ideas – keep writing!