Thursday, September 02, 2010
Are you taking shortcuts on the road to publication?
I’ve quit taking shortcuts. Shortcuts on the road to publication. I’ve stopped being in a hurry to send out work that isn’t my best.
Sure I read craft books, used critique partners and Beta readers, attended conferences, took online courses but. . .
There was one step I skipped because part of me didn’t think I was good enough or that it would help.
I finally hired a professional editor.
Yeah. I did it and all I can say is WOW.
I’m not sure I will ever query another book without using one. It’s amazing what an editor picks up that I thought I had nailed down.
There are tons of great editors out there quoting all different prices. I shopped around for estimates first. I finally chose Tammy Barley because of what she did for me before I selected her. On her website, she offers a free two-page sample critique and then tells you what she would charge. She sold me with her example and sweet personality even before I got my edits back.
If you need more proof of the kind of feedback an editor can provide—go to her Website and let her show you herself.
I’ve been working on the changes and already I’ve learned so much. My book reads fresher and sounds more put together. But I’ve also encountered moments when I wonder if I can even make this book any good and then I stumble across one of her encouraging comments.
In the end, a great story is why we get the call—but for someone to even look at our story—we shouldn’t take shortcuts.
What shortcuts have you been taking?