Writing a Book – Step 3 – Editorial Advice
Writers are a sensitive lot. Some of us crawl up in our holes and burrow in like scared rabbits after a rejection. At least that’s what I’ve done most of my life. Fortunately, self-publication has become a recognized option with the boom of e-books. So, I’ve published two books.
I want my next book to sale, so I invested in the services of a professional editor. Because this book was not the usual format, I sought the advice of a developmental editor first. A developmental editor provides practical advice on what works and what doesn’t work in the manuscript. I used the online service, Reedsy because it’s easy to use, free for authors, and provides a wide selection of experienced editors and book designers.
After describing my needs, I was presented a list of over 50 editors. Reedsy allows writers to select five editors at one time to make offers. I sent each editor a description of my book and an excerpt. I received three proposals, two kindly said they were too busy. I rejected the costliest proposal of $1,500.00 because the editor did not describe what services she would provide. A second offer was interesting but the editor graded manuscripts, my ego wasn’t up to receiving a C or D.
Instead, I chose an experienced editor, Lourdes Venard. Her website featured several glowing endorsements and she made an affordable offer. I sent her my first edit manuscript. In two weeks she returned not only a detailed five page letter but annotated comments in the manuscript.
Her suggestions were objective and supportive. She pointed out the strong and interesting points of my manuscript and those passages that would not hold a reader’s interest.
In general, you have an engaging, warm style, and it is obvious that you are a strong writer.
Her observations keep me getting up at five a.m. to continue my work. It isn’t easy. Every day presents challenges and decisions. But, I’m doing a work I love and that’s all that matters.