Some thoughts & observations on taking pride in your work as an independent author. You can read a full article on this topic in a previous blog post. These are just some thoughts & observations from my time being an editor, self-publishing consultant, and contractor. I hope you find it useful =).
If you've written a book (or anything else for that matter - let's travel back to English class for a few, shall we?), you've probably gotten at least a little bit familiar with the idea of working with an editor. Not yet? Hey, that's okay, too. No matter where you find yourself today, these seven tips will help you to make the most of your time with your editor, which in turn will make your book its absolute best.
This month on the No Bull Blog we're covering a lot of information about why you should hire an editor (if at all possible) and how to go about doing so. But how do you determine whether an editor is good or not? Even if you're working with a shoestring budget, you can probably find an editor who has the right qualities but may not have realized it yet (like me when I first started by entering into an unpaid internship with phati'tude Literary Magazine and the IAAS). Even though I had already done some editing work for numerous people over the years (since I was about 15), I never seriously pursued it until I began self-publishing and recognized a need for affordable editing services.
The point is, you may be able to give someone with a great deal of talent a decent beginning while they help you polish and finalize your book without breaking the bank. To determine whether someone is a good editor, you should look for several personal traits and ask some very specific questions of your potential editor. Read on to learn more.
Part of my thing is no bullshit. I believe in honesty, being blunt but tactful, standing by those you love, supporting each other, and collaborating when it's smart and makes sense for everyone.
Unfortunately, all of my values and beliefs don't always line up perfectly, the things that influence me (which is everything... I'm an empath) need to be filtered and observed so that I don't fall into negative thought patterns and sabotage myself, and when life throws you way too many curve balls to handle at once, what happens to your dreams?
My entire family is in the middle of a shit storm right now, and there isn't much any of us can do to yield immediate results because the shit hitting the fan right now is all over the place and consists of all long-term, major problems to handle/take care of/live through/try to fix.
And that's why I have to keep fighting.
In my years of working in self-publishing, I've heard numerous stories from authors who tried to hire an editor and either got taken for a ride or the quality of work wasn't worth the pricing. Of course the opposite happens, too - as an editor, I've had people hire me only to cancel, ignore instructions, and try to get me to work for free or keep the edited body of work without paying. The truth is that, no matter who you are or what you do, there are always "bad eggs" among people, which is why you should do your due diligence before hiring anyone independently.
It is generally recommended that authors get feedback from people on their book before they publish, and this rings especially true if you plan to self-publish. Though hiring an editor isn't always mandatory, it certainly helps to bring the story together more professionally as well as eliminating most or all mistakes within the book. However, in order to save you time and money, there are a few things you can do before entering into any kind of editing agreement to help make the process faster, less tedious, and in many cases, less expensive.
Revising & Self-Editing: How to Polish Your Manuscript to Get the Most Valuable Feedback from Your Editor
And what, exactly, is the difference between revising and editing? Revisions are a part of your job as a writer, while edits are mainly there to make sure your writing is presentable and correct. While you handle bigger issues such as sequence of events, scene placement, plot structure, and character development during the revision process, an editor is there to focus on the finer details such as word choice, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling, one line at a time. So... how can you make sure your manuscript is ready for your editor? Read on to learn some general as well as more specific ideas to get your book in tip top shape =).
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