I've been writing books professional for a little over three years now. In the grand scheme of the publishing world, I'm still a newbie. But in those three years, I've learned a lot. One of those things is the importance of having a good content editor.
A lot of authors look for editors, but often they are what are called line editors, or copy editors. Don't get me wrong, these are important. It's the copy editors job to make sure all the commas and periods are in the right place, and that your not using one word when you should be using another. No one wants to read a sentence that runs on for half a page without any punctuation.
What does get over looked, however, is content...flow...continuity. This is where content editors come into play. Their job is to read through a story and make sure it all makes sense. Although it sounds simple, it isn't.
Since I write romance, let's use an example from a contemporary romance novel I recently read. The hero has been out in his workshop. A comment is made about how dirty he is from the stain and varnish he's been using. The heroine, of course, doesn't care and before long they are going at it. I'm completely with the author at this point. I mean, who doesn't like some down and dirty sex from time to time.
What pulled me out of the scene was what came next. Without any notation about the hero cleaning up, or washing his hands, he starts fingering the heroine.
Now, this isn't the only example. I've read more than one where the couple engages in anal sex, and then immediately switch to traditional intercourse without any barrier or mention of addressing the cleanliness issue.
A good content editor can help the author work through issues like these without interrupting the flow of the scene. It may be as simple as moving the sex to the shower, or having the hero wear a condom for anal activities. Simple things that make a big difference in the believably of the story.
So what are your thoughts? Does believably of a love scene make a difference to you, or do you just over look it as part of the fantasy?