Do any of you lovely people know where one may find one?
Writing the first draft is the easy bit you see. No, don’t believe me? Just ask someone who is in print with a professional publisher. Then ask yourself how many dedication pages in published works contain that bit about how wonderful their editor is… Whilst some of these may have been achieved by the said editor putting a gun to the writers head. I think the majority are probably genuine. Got you thinking now haven’t I?
The first draft is like rainbows and sunny days compared to the horror of the next step… The 59 re-writes and re-drafts.
But how do you source a good one? Beta readers are fine, but I need professional help (hey, stop sniggering at the back) to get my writing to the next level. The only way it will be all it can be, is if someone who has no vested interest except professional pride (and my cold hard cash) helps me get it there.
Every successful author self-published or not, usually has an editor. That’s the person who gives it to them straight; who points out the saggy middle and the over descriptive prose in chapter 12.
I’ve seen a lot of information on how to format my manuscript, how to upload it to Amazon/B&N/Smashwords (pick your pdf’er), how to get my tax in order, how to market it and how to create a website and even how to work out if I’m a pantser or a plotser (I’m a plotser by the way, Scrivener is like crack to me).
“Have your work edited.” those that say these things say, “You must have it professionally edited”. – It’s all very well lecturing me on this, however, do you think it would be too much to ask, if you actually for once blogged about how to find one? Rather than about procrastination, because I don’t need to learn how to procrastinate – I’ve got that one down. Give that girl an A+.
So I’m looking for an editor and I am awfully suspicious of these writing services you see advertised on the inter-web. You type in Google “find an editor” and you are likely to come up with one of the new breed of rip off merchants contract publishers.
“As a contract publisher, a wonderful cross between traditional royalty publishing and self-publishing, we take all the guesswork out of writing and publishing your own book. In our model, the author pays the costs of publication, and keeps all of the books and all of the profits from their sales.”
HMMMM, I’m not convinced either.
Now at this point in my post you are wondering if the manuscript is only half-finished, why are you looking for an editor? Well, I’ve come up with a bit of a model for my work, which means that in the lead up to publishing it. I will be publishing six short stories which are a semi-prequel to the book itself. Think of it like a literary teaser.
Personally, I never read prequels that are issued after I’ve read the original book. You know those books that come out about the popular character and what they were doing before the book happened. My short stories are almost the anti-version of this. I’m hoping to build a bit of buzz for the main event.
I’d like my editor there from the beginning to edit the original stories so that they get the “characters” too. That way I hope the writing will be more cohesive.So, if you see an editor, snag-em for me. Or alternatively you could give me some bloody good advice on how I go about finding a reputable one in the comments section below…. Worth a shot? I think so.