Editors are expensive. If you are a writer and have not checked this out I suggest you do to avoid the ticket price shock. When my first draft of my first book was done I was in for a big awakening.
So I had to get creative. Joining a writing group helped as they tore apart my manuscript when it came to past tense, loop holes and a host of other things. But we can’t rely on a group to do all of our editing. Some members think that unfortunately.
There are a few types of editors. You have line editing, copy editing and developmental editing for starters. Each play a role in making one’s manuscript in the best shape it can possible be. For example I am a developmental editor but I still have my line editor and copy editor to go over each manuscript I finish. If you can’t afford these there are ways to still get it done.
English teachers or students, editors who are just starting out, writing groups that do editing and beta readers and writers are some ways you don’t go broke. But it is a necessary evil to get it done. The slush pile that publishers have are incredibly high. They just need one reason to toss it in file 13 and move on to the next manuscript. Getting editors is a good start on helping your work move on to the next stage and perhaps out of the trashcan.
Why do you write? Better yet why did you start to write? My story is one I have told a few times over the years and it is pretty simple.
My husband told a good friend of ours that he felt I wrote well. Of course that was I suspect his way of letting me know since she told me soon after. I mulled it over. That particular year I had surgery on my foot and another surgery within 6 weeks of the first one. Having time I jotted stuff down. My goal was not to be published right away it was to write stories for whenever I had grandchildren they could read the stories or have us read to them.
That was how I started. But why did I continue? Well a writer’s group was starting up at a library near me. And while I was the only non librarian there, there were six of us, they made me feel welcomed and empowered me to continue with my writing in more ways than one.
Writing is like a fever now. And if you are a writer you know what I mean. There are so many ideas in my head that are screaming, “Let us out!” It is part of us and to stop is truly not an option. Everything I see even on a simple venture outside of the house has me thinking of ideas and story lines.
Please don’t give me a prompt books, they are a favorite of mine, for I will have ideas piled up in a bulging notebook of ideas. There is no way I could live long enough to write them all and that is if I stop writing ideas down.
It is a fever. No maybe that is not the right word. But once you have the bug, for whatever reason you started, it is with you and is a part of you like it or not.
I asked for my rights back for one of my series. It took me a while to get them which caused much frustration from the day I asked to the day I actually received the email showing me the wait was over. Along the way I learned a few lessons which were valuable for any future contracts I might sign with a publishing house. But now it is time to move on.
Fortunately two houses are interested in publishing the series. But with any work I have I start at the very top. Who knows I might get a bit from one of the really big houses, right? It doesn’t hurt to try. The only thing is that will take time and I need to plan it out carefully.
Publishing houses are a plenty. There are the really good ones, the decent ones and of course the sharks and wolves who just want what they can get from you. One truly has to be careful and do the research on any potential business that are interested in your works. It takes longer yes but it is so much worth it.
Now I am not saying my former publishers were of the later. They weren’t. I just had a new direction that I wanted to try with the books I had. But with the tall task of submitting one needs to be diligent and do the work needed to make sure we don’t place our hard work and our baby, the book, into the hands of those who are just trying to scam you.
It took so long to get our work in the best consideration it can be in why rush the process at the end just so you can say to yourself that you are published?