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Curious, I tapped the link and went to their very professional looking website, with very professional looking editors staring back at me, posing in very professional looking headshots...yes, all very professional.
First thought: $$$$$
Any website that screams that much "professionalism" also screams (at least to me) how much $$$ it will cost you to use one of their best-of-the-best editors.
Second thought: That hilarious Will Smith scene in M.I.B. "...best of the best of the best, sir!"
(If you've forgotten since 1997 here's a clip)
What indie author (without a massive following) has that kind of cash for an editor?
That means if your manuscript is 50,000 words, that's $1250. Oh, you have a 100,000 word manuscript? We can do that for only $2500.00. Hey, no problem, you're an indie author! You certainly have an extra couple thousand dollars to pay for editing services you have no idea you'll be satisfied with, right?
Here's the bottom line:
If you have a personal relationship with the editor who will be handling your manuscript, I say go for it. If they are a friend/acquaintance/ you know where they work, etc...you'll know where to find them after your story comes back with barely a dozen highlight marks and a note that reads: "....I believe the word 'but' should have two commas, one before and one after..."
(The next blog will be more on that costly mistake...)
Editing your book is as important as the actual writing of your book, if not MORE important. Once you finish your 1st draft, you should WANT to edit your own words, right? How else are you going to become a GOOD writer, instead of just a writer? Lots of stories that I've read, and you've read, could have been--and should've been--a whole lot shorter. The story was there, it just didn't need to be that looong. (That goes for traditionally published authors too. Don't tell me you've never read a book by one of your favorite authors and suddenly found yourself yelling "get to the point!" as you power through another boring descriptive passage that should've been cut.)
Write what you WANT to write.
Then edit/slash/hack until it hurts. Until every sentence, every paragraph, every scene, every bit of dialogue gets to the point and pushes the story along.
Try to think of the editing process like doing the final mix of your song. You worked very hard to create your masterpiece, so don't release it into the world until it is as perfect (or as near perfect) as you can possibly get it.
Those first cuts will be the deepest. They will hurt. But as you see your story getting tighter and tighter, you will see where you babbled, where your dialogue got goofy, and what entire scenes (or characters) need to be cut.
Only then will you be an editor.
Now break out the red pen and start trimming that 138,000 word middle-grade novel.