I’m beginning my journey of working with an editor on my novel. I’m nervous, yet excited. I should hear feedback in about a week. I’ll roll my sleeves up, dig in and give it the best I’ve got. In no way shape or form am I interested in submitting to an agent, or self publishing without a professional editor working with me. If I don’t know it’s broken, I can’t fix it.
I’ve considered this several times with a few different writing coaches/editors, but finances held me back. An average edit of a full manuscript can turn into $1500 or better. I don’t have that in my back pocket, or any pocket for that matter. However, I found that Karlyn Thayer, at http://www.constructivecritiques.com/index.html, not only low balls her services, but you can work on chunks at a time, so it’s easier on the checkbook and not so overwhelming. I submitted 6200 words which came out to 29 pages, double spaced, for $49. Seriously! Here’s another thing, on her site she offers a free constructive critique, it’s a $35 value for free. I will also say this. I’d submitted my short story three times and wasn’t able to get it published. I worked with Karlyn, and after we got it squeaky clean, I submitted it again, published on the first try. Her ongoing credentials are on her website.
If you’re serious about learning the craft and can budget a little every month or two, she is worth your time and money. Besides, you can try her service for free before you make a decision. http://www.constructivecritiques.com/index.html
So, I’ll be sharing as I grow through this process. Here’s something I’ve learned already: Remove “ly” words and replace with an action verb.
Until Next Time…