I decided to go with another editor for Distant Origins since it's a sci-fi thriller, with someone who said they worked with the genre. It wasn't as smooth, and getting overall feedback was like pulling porcupine needles from a gorilla's back.
Gorilla's don't have needles you say?...Exactly!
For Family Relics, my current project, I am working with yet another editor, except this is more like a team with several steps in the editing process. This is all new to me. A team? For my little book? It is a bigger price tag than going with a single freelance editor, but I feel it's worth it. I need the process. Just like I have revised my novel a number of times, I need to work with editors that will help me edit my novel in an iterative process. I mean, how many "final" versions did you create before arriving at the actual "final" manuscript? The file name of my last revision was FamilyRelics_Final_v13.doc. It was the 13th version of the "final" manuscript.
|That's me, but with less facial hair.|
Also, this time I'm sending my beta readers a close-to-finished copy instead of the pre-edited manuscript. I told my betas to overlook the grammar and focus on plot holes and story issues for Distant Origins because it was being reviewed at the same time. (Mistake #72 - Yes, I've had many.) A beta reader's eyes are fresh and unscathed, they can catch things a tired editors eyes can miss.
So what are your experiences with editors? Good? Bad? Meh? I'd love to hear your stories!!
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