Friday, August 18, 2017

The Woes of Editing

Now that I'm all settled in my new city and job I've started to begin the rewrite or developmental edit of my novel. I wrote this book in 2009, and it has always been in the back of my mind to keep working on it.

Now that I have an English degree, in writing, I see my old novel in a much different light. I have so much work ahead of me, but I'm ok with that! It gets me excited because I finally feel like I have the skills to make this story shine! I'm making a lot of changes and improving the quality of the story.

I've thought seriously about hiring someone to copy edit when I finished with my edits. This lead to me asking on Twitter and I got a lot of great responses from editing companies. Prices range from $400-$1,500 for a novel my size. Then I remembered Grammarly! I was using Grammarly for a work document and saw the icon that says, " Send to a proofreader." For a quick $30 a month I can use this option. I haven't done it yet, as I want to finish my rewriting but I think it makes the most economic sense.

Heres the thing though, I am such a better writer now, and editor. I've done lots of editing in college, my internship, and my job now. With that said though, I also know another set of eyes always helps!

My goal is to try to traditionally publish my novel and have it turn into a trilogy. I'm determined to see this through. If traditionally doesn't work, then self-publish is the next option. Right now though, I want to take things a step at a time. I've been waiting for this time (no school, job and everything settled) for years now!

Fellow aspiring authors-do you plan to pay to have your work edited? What about beta-readers?

Speaking of beta readers, I have a few people in mind to read my work after my rewrite, but if you want to be added to the list just let me know! Leave a comment or tweet me at @joydfanning!