Empathic, Enthusiastic, and Effervescent: Meet Mary Anna Rodabaugh, RTC Book Editor
on August 10th, 2021
What is the best piece of writing/editing advice you have received?
Corey Blake once told me a piece I wrote made me seem like a deceitful chef leaving my customers hungry for more. On the surface, I presented a beautiful plate of storytelling, but once consumed, I left my readers hungry and unsatisfied. This advice challenged me to dive deep under the surface of my creative details to find meaningful connections that added not only vibrance to my story, but also sustenance to all who encountered it.
What is your favorite service RTC offers our clients?
Anytime I get to do a developmental manuscript analysis, I feel like a kid at Christmas. Having an author trust you with their cherished work, and giving you the permission to dissect it and suggest ways to perfect it, is an honor and a privilege. Sometimes it feels like a crime scene meme, with pages scattered about as I stand back and observe the big picture. Other times it feels like I’m doing surgery on a manuscript to give it a better (and longer) life. I absolutely love it.
What is one thing you want your clients to know?
Just start somewhere! We’re all swimming in a sea of self-doubt and we all ask the same questions: Will my book be good enough? Who cares what I have to write? Am I even a writer? My advice is that if you start writing, you can call yourself a writer.
What is your Myers-Briggs Personality Type?
I am a quintessential textbook ENFP—Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. It means I care a lot about what others think of me, I have shiny object syndrome, and I’m constantly dreaming about the future. Oh, but I also have resolute enthusiasm and empathic perceptions that make connecting with others effortless yet genuine.
What is your favorite children’s book?
Hands down, Goodnight Moon. My dad was in the US Coast Guard when I was a kid, so he was underway a lot. I have fond memories of him reading me this book before bed and us reading it together when he was home between deployments.