Well, it was a long weekend, filled with rewrites that put me back a few days. I have a good friend, Michael, who is an author, and has been kind enough to help with the editing of my book. That is, before it goes to the professional editor.
I send him chapters after they are critiqued by my critique partners and my sister and I, and he and I talk on the phone after he has thoroughly, and I do mean, thoroughly gone through them, and marked where I need to change it. He is a wonderful editor, I have to say. But, man, this time there were complete scene changes that I was not prepared for. Whew!
My sister and I managed to get them done though, but it has set us back a few days. No worries, we will get this done, come hell or high water, at the end of this week, and sent to my editor.
Will this ever end, the edits I mean? I said I want it close to perfect though, and I meant it. It just means extra work for Toni and I, but at least it will be done correctly.
I am very proud of the work Toni and I have done. And, I am very proud at how wonderful the book has become. I know that we aren't finished yet, but it's been all worth it.
I have been reading a self-published fiction novel for the last few days, and after seeing all the mistakes, after reading a book that tells more than it shows, and after seeing POV shifts and finding myself scanning through, instead of reading, I know I don't want my book to be like that.
It is hard for me to understand why people self-publish and don't want their book to be correct and written as well as possible. In other words, get a professional editor. There are affordable one's out there, you just have to look. I found mine on LinkedIn. In fact, Michael, the guy I said is helping me edit, he found the same editor that I am using for his book.
Take the time to get a professional editor. Even if you have to save money for it. You might get some people to buy your book in the beginning, but if you want them to give you a good review, or to tell their friends about your book, you have to have it right. Not to mention, I don't want to look back at my first book and feel embarrassed. It will hurt you in the long run and it gives those of us who self-publish a bad reputation. I have actually read on other blogs, people who refuse to buy books that aren't traditionally published because of the 'bad' writing.
So, think about this. I know it takes longer to get your book out to the public, but it is worth the time and money.
Until Thursday, I hope all of you have a great week. Hopefully I will have the news on the next blog, that my book is going to the editor that day or the next!