These were the toughest two days so far…
Today and yesterday were the toughest in recent memory! I have been dreading the process of processing my editor’s (Edit me FAST) findings and changes and discovered holes in the story. Doing the thorough job that I have come to expect, and (his) processing of my ‘clean’ manuscript – there was so much Red! Wow! Having said that, a process that I expected to be a four day four day ordeal, was completed in two!
If any of us learn one thing in our process of creating the next ‘Best Seller’ learn that you MUST hire a qualified Proofreader – up to a Developmental Editor. I found a Great one (the Feightner luck is still holding). Something to think about; your proofreader or editor (they are VERY different), will process your grammar and punctuation, and structure and cohesiveness, but in what way will she/he present those suggestions to you? If they offer their suggestions (and they are all suggestions) in a compassionate and low-key manner, your tendency will be to accept more than you might from a more ‘direct’ approach. In the final analysis, you want to accept their suggestions. They know more about their business than you do; you are just the author! But remember, you both want the same thing, a highly acclaimed and successful publication.
So, it is now the 16th hour since I started working today; I worked 14 hours yesterday. I feel GOOD. I feel that we have produced something of value. After I finish my website, with professional assistance (SmartAuthorSites), and the Marketing, and the Twitting, oops Twittering, and the Facebook-ing, And the LinkedIn‘g and all the other means of marketing that are at our disposal today, we have a Quality, Funny, Nostalgic, and Informative product to offer to our fans.