Episode 211: Literary Fiction Editor and Author, Christie Stratos

To say that Christie Stratos is a literary fiction editor, is to just be getting warmed up in describing her accomplishments. We first met Christie as a fellow panelist on the Writer’s Imperfect show hosted by another iCreateDaily guest, Joshua Robertson. 

Christie Stratos is a podcaster and award-winning writer, author, and literary fiction editor where she puts her degree in English Literature to good use.

Christie is the author of two fiction books to date, and working on another. She enjoys researching and writing Victorian-era fiction, which she calls her Dark Victoriana Collection.

Dark Victoriana Collection by Christie Stratos includes:

  • Anatomy of a Darkened Heart
  • Brotherhood of Secrets

Christie has also had short stories and poetry published in: Ginosko Literary Journal, Andromedae Review, 99Fiction, and various anthologies.

An avid reader of all genres and world literature, Christie reads everything from bestsellers to classics to indies.

Christie is also the host of two podcasts!  

  • One is called The Creative Edge Author Showcase where she interviews authors about their work, stories, and writing advice. And…
  • The Writer’s Edge which features discussions from various author panels.

Non-Fiction and Fiction Editor of All Genres

Christie’s editing company is Proof Positive Pro where she serves as nonfiction and fiction editor. In fact, Christie edits all genres of fiction and nonfiction. However, her favorites include:

  • contemporary
  • literary
  • experimental
  • memoirs
  • cultural
  • fantasy
  • chick lit
  • young adult (YA)
  • humor
  • romance
  • light erotica
  • psychological
We were so immersed in the conversation that we forgot to ask about her daily creative habits During the interview. But Christie graciously emailed us an account of how she overcame some writing blocks that prevented her from daily writing, which we’ve posted below the interview.

Topics Discussed in the Interview:

  • Christie’s story
  • Corporate editing vs freelance editing
  • The stress of Christie’s full time job
  • How Christie started her editing business
  • Struggling with self-doubt
  • The road from being an amateur to turning pro
  • Writing her first full-length novel
  • Methodically planning your full-time creative career
  • Financial strategies before leaving your job
  • The journey of being a “successful” creator
  • How NaNoWriMo helped Christie publish her first book
  • How Christie became a literary fiction editor
  • How she edits her own book before sending it someone else
  • The ideal time to announce a publication date
  • The toughest part of being an editor
  • What to be aware of when hiring an editor
  • Christie’s partnership with Owl City Press
  • How to contact Christie for editing services
  • Why hiring a proofreader is so important
  • Pros and cons of freelance platforms
  • Why sample work is important
  • Christie’s current published books
  • Her future writing and publishing plans
  • Christie’s two podcast shows!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Christie Stratos, and think that you will as well.

“Doing what you love is always less stressful, no matter what that means.”
~Christie Stratos, editor, author, entrepreneur

 

Christie’s Daily Creative Habits

Christie: “Here’s my answer to the question about when I write in the day.”

“I can write any time of day and in almost any location—but I wasn’t always that way. In fact, I used to be so inflexible that it had to be a certain time of night with certain music and a font that I felt fit what I was writing, and…and… (This is not an exaggeration, believe it or not!)”
 
“It got in my way, but really it was me getting in my own way. What a great way to avoid putting my creativity down on the page!”
 
“So I forced myself to write “uncomfortably”—at least, it was uncomfortable at first. I went to restaurants and had lunch by myself, which forced me to write in order to avoid feeling awkward. I used that same idea to write in downtown areas, cafes, and libraries, and I tried morning, noon, and night and forced that to work, too.”

“And finally…my font issue.

I stuck with Times New Roman instead of wasting time finding the perfect font to define my work. It all sounds like a silly struggle, but the basic truth was this: I was afraid of messing up in my writing, of somehow writing “the wrong thing” that I wouldn’t be able to recover from and losing the whole story to that mistake. Very dramatic, but I truly believed that was possible. So my brain was helping me avoid making these ‘mistakes.'”
 
“As motivational speaker Mel Robbins says, your brain “protects” itself by trying to help you avoid unpleasant and difficult experiences—and that is rarely to our benefit in day-to-day life. By retraining my brain to be able to work anywhere at any time, creativity became my tool, available to me always.
 
And that’s how I came to create daily.”

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About the author, Devani

Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands. I co-host the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-own the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.

My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head. My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉

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