Today’s post is more on my professional life than my previous posts, only because when I read the fortune, it applied to a current roadblock in my career. I probably shouldn’t consider decision making a roadblock, it’s probably more of a speed bump, and it can really slow things down.
After writing, revision, and even more revision, I have come to the point where my manuscript for The Ruby’s Cell is in its final draft form. I would love to say, “The book is finished,” but this is just the beginning. I now move on to formal editing.
I have let some friends read my manuscript, and I received mixed feedback, but these are not professional editors. I need someone who can go over the book that has insight into the market. I need someone that will be honest and tell me that I have a plot hole that needs tweaking, that my characters are real and likable, even the villain. I hope that my manuscript is good, but I need someone to make sure it is great.
I have been researching editors for the last couple of months, especially since the book is the first in a trilogy, and I already started formulating book two. I have found that getting the right editor can be daunting, but also expensive. I have to thank my financial backer, my hubby, for supporting me so far, along with otter fans that purchased my illustrated wares. You have been very helpful in keeping me in the black. Short of starting a GoFundMe campaign, I will have to save some coin so I can afford an editor that helps me make my book agent and publisher worthy.
I am coming down to the end of the month and I have reviewed a few quotes. Now, I just need to make a decision. According to the fortune, I should wait until the last few days of the month. Well, here I am, and no surer than before. I have only one word to say, “Ugh!”
As soon as I choose one, and get some feedback from them, I will be sure to write a review of their services. Maybe my experience will help some aspiring authors to make their own decisions.