Thursday, May 19, 2011

To Edit or Not? That's the Question.

I have cut back on my posting, but today I have some news and want to share it. But first a little true story about me. Yeah, me. Who else would I know so well?

When I was a little girl I had a dream. In it I was just like a kite, able to float above the world, my home, and see everything. My family was in the yard, holding the kite string and calling to me. "Nancy, come down, come down, don't fly away."

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I've realized that this dream is prophetic. My family held me back. I was the artist, they were all about education, science, everyday practicality stuff. While I am not opposed to any of those things, and I value them all, and believe that they are necessary and worthy. But to be defined by science, told I couldn't make a living with my art was a negative influence.

So you have a book, you want to see it published, your friends and family members tell you it's wonderful. You know in your heart it is wonderful. The publishing houses and or agents have all turned you down. Others are making it Big with e-books. Money is tight. You can't afford an editor. Does this sound familiar? I've been there with the added benefit of critique partners, not just friends and family.

What to do? How do you stretch your wings and fly.?

You must decide what to do and here is a link that might help. If you don't want to read the whole thing just read what she says about editing. Then realize, there are editors who will work with you financially. Mine does. If lightening hits your kite, you'll want to be prepared.



mooderino said...

Hey Nancy,

Interesting link, thanks for that. SO is your news that you've started working with an editor?

Moody Writing

Manzanita said...

Good for you for following your dream and not letting go of your kite. That idea is appealing.

Joanne said...

It's amazing what an editor's eyes will find in our work, I would never publish without the benefit of working with an editor. A completed story really is the result of teamwork.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Moon, I've had an editor for all my published books.

Thank you Manzanita.

I agree Joan.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Kay L. Davies said...

My father was my earliest teacher. In many ways, I could say he taught me everything I know. And yet, when he was writing, he almost always had me edit his work. A second pair of eyes can be invaluable, trained eyes even more so.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

N. R. Williams said...

That's a great experience Kay and well put.

Abby Minard said...

I think it's necessary to hire an editor if you want to self publish. I think it sets those books apart from the rest. Finding a way to get an editor financially is something writers who want to self publish really need to think about.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you for your thoughts on the subject, Abby. I agree.

LTM said...

there are so many elements to consider if you choose to self-publish. But finding a great editor should be at the top of the list... it's a tough decision.

Best of luck w/it! :o) <3

N. R. Williams said...

You're right LTM.

The Golden Eagle said...

Having an editor must have a huge affect on what you write.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Nancy,

Thanks so much for the link and the advise. If anyone knows the trials and tribulations of getting started, it's you...


Anonymous said...

I just followed your link to Chiseled in Rock. The post was excellent. Editing is so crucial.

My memoir launched Tuesday. Drop by if you have time. I'd love to see you!
Ann Best, Memoir Author

N. R. Williams said...

Actually Golden, for us self published folks it is a way to tighten, correct and make sure everything makes sense. Publishing houses make you change to core of your story a lot.

Hi Michael, you're welcome.

How exciting Ann, I'll head over.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Margo Kelly said...

Interesting! It is hard to know what choices to make sometimes.

Bluebell Books said...


Please check out short story slam and join us on next Thursday.
Bless you,
Love your blog and writing talent.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi Margo, thanks.

Oh bluebell, I will swing over on Monday.