Okay, so we all know that it’s generally a bad idea to self-edit. When you edit your own work, it is quite easy to let your knowledge of the story and your own intentions to color the editing job. The human mind is a master of filling in the blanks and you’ll find missing words inserted, misspelled words corrected, and extraneous words edited out, all because YOU know what’s up.
Of course, the problem arises that, well, many of us out in Starving Authorland simply don’t have the cash to get professional editing, even if you have cheap sources for it (SHAMELESS PLUG INSERTED HERE). So I’m going to reveal what, to me, is the secret if you find that you must self-edit.
Just a quick update from Starving Author LLC headquarters, here in sunny (if cold) Pensacola:
I have a client and half (it makes sense to me!) book in the Starving Editor offices, but that leaves plenty more room for your fellow starving authors out there to engage my services!
There is a wealth of resources on the Internet for the making of wearable sandwich boards. Gods bless the information superhighway!
Maybe this year I’ll be able to spring like a jaguar and actually GET A TABLE FOR PENSACON! … Seriously, I tried this year, but they sold out in, like, a month, well before I had the cash on hand.
If you’re an author in the same position (going to a con but unable to wrangle a table), you can still advance yourself. Other authors and publishers are usually more than willing to talk shop. If you make yourself identifiable in some way, you can still meet and engage with readers. Or you can do what I do: all of the above, plus be a walking advert. Your mileage may vary!
The Songstress Murdersis still coming! Editing is taking a bit of time to wrangle and the cover artist had a surgery to endure. She’s okay and work is back on track, but it delayed the whole mess. Still, I think it may be my best book yet, so it should be worth the wait.
You’re awesome! If no one has told you that today, I’m your guy.
I think that about covers it. Time to get back to the books I intend to review next Friday. Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!
Oh wonderful day! You too can now engage the services of your favorite Starving Author/Reviewer for Starving Editing! Get some valuable-but-inexpensive editing services focused on starting authors who need professional editing but may not be able to afford more established services. Take a look and contact me if you wish to engage my fledgling services!
Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!