Some of you might know that I’m planning to self-publish some of my work, by year end. With that in mind, I’ve been studying the self-publishing business and editing the book I plan to publish. I made contact with a wonderful editor last week and asked about costing. The person was quite gracious and advised that I wouldn’t need more than one thorough round of editing based on my book now in the publishing pipeline. The rates were very reasonable, but when you live where I do, that translates to $113,000.00 Jamaica dollars.
Wait! Don’t go! I’m not about to pull out my can and start asking for donations.
To a certain extent, now I understand why some writers opt not to get an editor. Do not read that as any kind of copout or endorsement of shortcuts to publication. In no way, shape or form do I condone putting out work that isn’t properly edited. Those who go the editorless route owe themselves and their potential readers the obligation of publishing something that’s error free or as close to it as they can come, based on their resources.
In many ways I’m a purist, so if I put a piece of my writing out there, it has to be of the highest quality. I come close to melt-down if I read a published post and see a typo I left in there. That said, it’s a good thing I’ll be working with a group of writers who are young in the business, but have put out really good work to date. (Yes, I've read a couple of their books on Kindle.) If I can’t afford an editor when I get to that point, I have the assurance that two sets of eyes will also be reading. And before that, my critique group will have gone though the book.
Still, every day brings new adventures and opportunities, so I’m going to be looking around to see what else exists. Maybe I’ll really have to sell an arm, leg and kidney to pay for what I want, but until then I’ll keep them in premium condition. After all, we have to make sacrifices to achieve our dreams.
All of this reminds me that I’m slacking off on my editing.
Are you up to date on all the stuff you’re trying to get published?