A few months ago I announced that I’m going to be self-publishing a guide to writing a novel, and I’m pleased to report that I have finished and edited my first draft!
It has 42 chapters plus an epilogue, it covers both writing and revising, and it has more references to space monkeys than you can shake a fist at.
Now it’s time to get it edited. And I’m going to pay for a professional editor.
Why you might ask?
I don’t think everyone out there has to have their work professionally edited. Everyone needs some sort of good feedback on their work, whether that comes from their friends, from a critique partner, a friend, enemy… someone.
When I was an agent, I went ahead and assumed that everyone got feedback on their work, and what ultimately mattered was the final product, not who they received their feedback from. My post about whether you should pay someone to edit your work still stands. You don’t have to pay for it.
But here’s the thing about asking for free critiques from critique partners: It requires reciprocity. And I’m just too busy to give the kind of feedback I would need to give to receive good feedback in return. I need to pay for it instead.
Plus, I am curious about the freelance editor process because I’ve never done it before, and I also really do appreciate the value of having some feedback from someone who has had experience editing in traditional publishing. I’m planning to first work with my friend Christine Pride for a first edit, and then will likely turn to a second editor for some more feedback and copyediting.
As I await my edit, I’m going to spend my free time trying to figure out what in the heck I should call this thing, what my cover should look like, and how exactly one self-publishes a book.
I would love your help! More posts as this thing develops.
Art: Die Abrechnung by Josef Wagner-Höhenberg