So, you've written a book; now what do you do? Well, it isn't as simple as pressing the publish button and enjoying your success. If only it was that simple. Finishing your rough draft was easy, but what comes next is a bit harder. There's an entire world of editing you may not know about yet! Do you know what a developmental editor is? Do you know what a line editor is? Do you know what a copy editor is? Do you know what a proofreader is? Okay, I realize you think you know what their roles are, but there is much more to what they do than you realize. In Editing Survival Guide for Writers, I'm going to show you: Exactly what they do--and I'll break it down for both the fiction side and the non-fiction side. Why you need them. How much you can expect to pay. How long the entire process will take What you can do while you wait on your finished edit. What your next steps are after the edit. I'll also include some bonus worksheets for your work with beta readers, some helpful resources, and much more! But the most important part of the book: I'm going to show you how to find, evaluate, and hire your first editor by giving you a step-by-step action plan that guides you through searching for your editor, finding great referrals, and explains all the other ways professional self-published writers find quality editors.
If you had a manuscript that needed all four phases of editing (developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading), you would start with a developmental editor because they look at your manuscript as a whole and help you structure it into a more cohesive narrative. But sometimes working with a developmental editor is a bit different than the others. They need more background info on your book and goals, they don't make direct changes to your manuscript, and you (more often than not) get different products from them.
Of course, as editors, our primary focus is to show you how to improve your current manuscript. However, those of us who are passionate about helping authors, do much more than that. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad writer. Some of us have more experience than others, but that is something that can be improved. None of us come into this role being the perfect author who never needs to be edited! Beyond making that manuscript better, we work to improve you as a writer by working with your unique ideas, writing goals, and audience to provide you with the best feedback that puts all of these things to work for you, rather than against you. And this will not only help your current book, but it will also help any future books you write.
Writers think editors charge too much. Editors think authors don't respect the work they do. Though we both love the same industry, we sit on opposite sides of the fence. But why? Both of us are passionate about storytelling, aren't we? Throughout my growing career as an editor I've learned two things: Authors don't really know what editors do. Editors still look through the same rose-colored glasses. But I truly believe there is a way we can all come together--to understand the value each of us offers our industry, and to respect the boundaries of each others' limitations.
Working Title: The Sins of Story: Memoirs of an Angel
This Book Is In Development
Somewhere between heaven and hell lies an afterlife for the suicide victims of the world. Meet Princess Story. She is the angel who has been writing their stories in
Because Princess Story's divine powers are all centered around the art of storytelling, I thought an interesting way she could relieve suicide victims of their suffering was through telling their stories in "The Death Journal." It holds all the painful memories of all the suicide victims residing in Forastah. Once their stories are recorded, they will have no memory of those painful memories. But sometimes, it doesn't always work.
Princess Story is not a princess, but she is a storyteller. She has come to Earth by way of her memoirs to tell the story of every suicide victim whose story she's recorded in "The Death Journal." Every story is important. Everyone's life means something. But it's not just a story. It's a utopian world we can escape to to image how life wouldn't be without those painful suicidal thoughts--because God has finally found a way to cure suicide.
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