Edit pictOnce you find an editor, it’s time to send him/her your manuscript. While you are waiting for your manuscript to come back to you let me tell you a brief story.

In college I used to work on the school newspaper. We had someone that edited the stories that we would call “The Butcher.” He was called the butcher because by the time you got your story back it was cut into pieces and bleeding red ink from all his edits. For me that experience helped me develop a thick skin when it comes to having my work edited. If you haven’t already developed one you will have to develop one too. If you don’t develop a thick skin, finding and working with an editor may be too painful; and may kill your confidence and cause you to abandon your self-publishing dream.

I’ve since learned when looking for an editor I need, not only a butcher, but also a baker.  A baker is someone who, through their edits, add to your writing and gives it more flavor.  You should learn something while going through their edits and accepting or rejecting. Something that enhances your writing and grows you as a writer.

Isn’t the editor a professional and knows what he/she is talking about? Shouldn’t you just accept all the edits? Why do you have to review the edits? Yes, editors are professionals, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make mistakes. Sometimes, they may insert a preference that is not necessarily a writing rule. Why, because they are human. You have to review each edit, because in the end you have to own it and you are the one who must be happy with the end result of your work.

Click here for a free copy of my Write & Self-publish chart. It provides the high-level steps you need to write and self-publish your book. I’m currently blogging my way through each step to provide more detail. I invite you to comment and ask any questions you may have on writing and self-publishing your book.

 

I have written and published six novels.  My latest book entitled Life on Fire, co-written with my sister Karen D. Bradley, was released in June 2015If you are new to writing a book or self-publishing and want to follow along as I share what I’ve learned, either subscribe to receive my blog posts at www.jenettambradley.com or request to be added to my  group on Facebook, JB’s Writers Studio where the links to the posts will be shared. The group will also be a place for members to ask questions and share information.

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