Ultimate Fangirl: Interview with Raven Eckman, Owner of A New Look on Books

Raven Eckman, nickname Rae, is a library assistant by day, freelance editor by night, and fangirl at every available opportunity. She always knew books were her passion, well after her grandmother’s challenge to read a book a day, and obtained her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Arcadia University. Currently, she’s drowning in her TBR list, deciding on whether or not to go for her MFA, outlining her would be novel, and expanding her freelancing business while looking for more bookish things to get involved with.

Tell us a little about your new business, A New Look on Books.
A New Look On Books was originally a book blog for three years, started when I was a senior in college looking to get into the book community. From there, every experience helped me grow into who I am today – a writer, a fangirl, a book blogger, and now an editor. I adored the name for years and it just felt right to keep it for this new journey. Currently, I provide beta reading, developmental editing, and content editing services for predominately fiction manuscripts. I do have experience with non-fiction and poetry. I also provide general social media maintenance and account start up options.

When did you first decide that you wanted to be an editor? Who inspired you?
Originally, I wanted to be a writer in high school. It wasn’t until I got to college and began workshopping for my writing classes that I found a love for helping others put their manuscripts together vs. writing and sharing my own work. I was hesitant to pursue outside projects until I reconnected with a middle school principal who turned out to be a writer and editor. I started freelancing with him and after two years decided it was now or never to branch out on my own and see what I’m made of.

Is there a specific genre you edit? If yes, why? If no, what’s your favorite genre to edit?
I prefer fiction over non-fiction and have a guilty pleasure of anything fantasy.
What advice would you give to writers?
My best advice is to find the heart of your story. Just write what you feel and then after everything is a mess and on the screen, go back and write it again. Keep working at it, keep asking for help, keep sharing, and never, NEVER, give up. After all the tears and headaches, you’ll have something you know is ready – or close to it.
Do you write? If yes, what do you write? Have you ever been published?
I haven’t written since college. I hate to admit that I let some negative feedback from a writing professor wilt away my own will to keep writing. Previously, I had poems and a short story published in my university’s literary magazine and won second place for a short story prior. I am happy to report though the writing bug is back and demanding my attention. I started plotting last week and scoping out Pinterest for inspiration. I may never try to get anything published but the happiness I feel from writing again, even in the infancy stages, is amazing. I am a writer and I won’t lose sight of that again.
What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
Guilty pleasures are YA and fantasy. I adore them and will always read them. But I am trying to branch out more and explore other genres.
Are you a morning person, or night owl?
I’m going to go with a weird mix of both here. I am a hardcore night owl but my dog demands morning attention and we are working together to go on morning hikes. I’ll get better… I hope. If not, I’ll master the art of napping, ha!

What do you do when you are not working?
When I’m not working I’m reading, fangirling, plotting some scene, and or with my dog, Atlas. I’ve been trying to spice things up and go to the gym but my poor out of shape physique mocks my progress.

Is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the feature! I had a great time answering these questions and it made me think about where I’m at and where I’m going. I’ve met so many wonderful people so far through my blog and events and hope to make many more as I continue forward. Happy writing everyone! <3
Thank you Rae for sharing!
If you want to learn more about Rae and A New Look on Books, visit her website : https://anewlookonbooks.com

You’ll also find her on Twitter @anewlookonbooks and Facebook @anewlookonbooks

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