I’m an Indie Writer, so that means no publisher and no editor, right? That’s what I thought at first when I decided to follow the self-publishing route. I survived the formatting and book cover creation pretty well so I figured I was on my way. I’m fairly intelligent, and I did well in college with my English skills, so I was pretty confident that I had a decent grasp on grammar. If I had a question about something that my handy spell checker couldn’t answer I could always look it up online. So what’s the big deal?
*Insert hysterical laughter here* After publishing my first book, I decided I enjoyed writing too much to stop. I started working on my second book and, during that adventure, I discovered the wonderful writer’s community on Twitter. I also had a family member do some editing on my new work as I wrote. We kept coming up with questions and the more I researched, the more I realized my so called grammar skills were @#$%. I wasn’t horrible, but I had either forgotten all the rules I’d learned in English class, or I missed the class on Fiction Editing 101.
I mentioned Twitter, but how does that figure into this converation? Through Twitter I’ve met so many published and polished writers that are happy to share words of advice with those new to the experience. I’ve learned that even Indie writers NEED editors. You don’t have to wait for a publishing house to accept your book and turn it over to their editors. There are plenty of people out there that edit fiction books and they come in all price ranges. I have heard of some that paid a couple thousand for basic grammar editing. That’s NOT reasonable. Look around and do your research before you decide. You want your editor to contribute to the quality of your work while not trying to change everything.
Get references so you can be sure it’s someone that will work well with your style. I have one editor I’d love to use because she’s given me so much advice and some very successful writers use her services. One catch with using someone popular – they’re very busy! Right now my wonderful, giving, loving, and intelligent sister is doing the first draft editing and catching my silly mistakes, problems with consistency, and other missing pieces. I’d still love to have a professional fiction editor polish my work someday soon.
My dream used to be that I’d get something published. My next dream was that I’d get a chance to write full time. Dream one and dream two have happened! Yay! My new dream is that I snag an editor I love and keep her busy working on my constant stream of creativity. Oops. I said she only because the editor of my dreams is a woman. I really don’t care what gender they are as long as they treat my work with loving care.
I feel like I’ve just passed my first class in writing, and the answer to every question on the test was, “I need to learn more.” I’m just a baby in the self-publishing world but I’m loving every minute of my new life. If you’re a writer and you have a wonderful editor, feel free to leave a comment if you don’t mind sharing. If you’re contemplating self-publishing, make sure to keep learning and connect with the great community on Twitter. If you’re a reader, well, I love you of course! As a reader, the best thing you can do is to take the time to write a review for your favorite authors when you purchase their books. They’ll love you for that.
If you’d like to connect you can find me on Twitter here: @LorenaWood15
I’d love to hear from you.
My next post will cover how to take advantage of the writing community on Twitter.
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