Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The #1 Reason Why I'd Pay Again for a Professional Edit
If you've read any of my last two posts, you know what an ordeal it has been for me to review all the editor’s comments and suggestions. No longer do my characters tip, jump, twist, or gyrate all over the place. Nor do they put themselves into cliché scenes or forget to have a purpose and goal in walking into a new chapter. Yes, most all of those extra words are gone, too. In fact, I lost almost 2000 unnecessary words.
But as I dug through her suggestions, I discovered something else she was doing for me.
She was pointing me toward becoming the kind of writer I wanted to be. Yeah, the light went on.
Let me back up. When I wrote this MS three years ago, I wanted it to be a light, fluffy chick-lit kind of romance. Nothing too deep. Easy emotions. Frivolous words.
Once I saw where the editor was going with her comments, I understood how she was trying to pull more from me. She was trying to get me to write this book on a different level. A more realistic level. Like the kind of books I enjoy reading.
Am I where I want to be yet?
Truthfully, I’d have to say no. But her edits have shown me a clearer path.
So for that reason alone, the money I spent on someone to clean up my words has been worth it. Good-bye fluff. Good-bye sappy romance. Hello me.
What is the main reason you’d pay someone to edit your work?(besides to get published)