You finally finished the first draft of your book! That’s a serious cause for celebration as far as I’m concerned. It’s unfortunate how many of us have amazing book ideas and don’t actually write it for one reason or another. But you did it! You found an editor that you like and have some level of professional trust in them – I hope. If you’re still looking for a book editor, this post will let you know what questions to ask before hiring one.
So your editor checks out. You send the book to be edited and wait for their feedback. Now what? This is a critical point for any writer that’s passionate about what they’ve written. There’s a lot of room for both you and the editor to drop the ball here. Please don’t let it be you. Here are your do’s and don’ts.
Editing is what I love to do. Transforming my clients into more effective communicators is a part of my life’s purpose and it’s one of the reasons that I created The Quirk Life. It’s my belief that once you finish writing your manuscript, you should read over it before you ship it off to an editor. And when you do, here are 3 things to look for and correct.
It seems like everybody has an idea for a book. Of course I’m all for it! So when people consult with me about their book idea I start off with a series of questions. By the end of my consultation some people realize that they need to flush their idea out a bit more. Writing is serious business in my world and I believe that if you pour your heart and soul into it then it needs to have a purpose. Which leads to the first thing you should do before writing your book.
I literally write something everyday. Some of it doesn’t take a lot of thought: like journaling, writing letters or inking my plans for the week into my planner. Then there’s the writing that takes a lot out of me. Even though these assignments are my passion and calling in life they pull a lot of creative energy from and I need to focus to produce something of quality.
Lately I’ve been approached by people who don’t profess themselves to be ” writers” and they ask stuff like…
“How do you just come up with ideas like that?”
“How do you keep from getting distracted?”
“How do you do it?!”
Before I get to any kind of work I always set a certain mood to get my creative juices going. I keep these methods going and don’t change simply because it works for me.
If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.
If you need an editor you probably will have more than enough things to ask! But for starters, here are 4 questions to ask before hiring them that will go a long way.
We all need biography at some point. If you’re in business, if you do performing arts….even when you die people will want to read your story. You should know yourself better than anyone else but it can be hard to take everything and condense it into a snapshot.
I’ve written bios for myself and clients too and want to share some tips that should help get you going.
I actually completed my goals for March, woo hoo! Now it’s time to set the bar a little higher.
More collaborations. I’ve had some great opportunities to use my writing in partnership with brands and publications. There are more in the works right now, but no juicy details until everything has been finalized. I’m all about mutual partnerships. If there’s a way for everyone to win, let’s do it!
Make an extra $600. It’s not a whole lot of money but it’s a start. I have debts to get rid of and I’m willing to go into overdrive this month to help make it happen. There won’t be much time for fun. But sacrifices pay off!
Find a nice set of bar stools. Instead of getting a dining room set I decided to make my breakfast bar the sole eating area. The only problem is I STILL haven’t found any affordable stools that I like. As of now I’m still eating on my couch or at my desk. The search continues…
Write my book ending. I’ve been working on a particular novel for quite some time and it’s about time to close the story out. I’ve found it challenging to close out something that’s been a part of me for so long but I’m going to do it!
Well there you have it.
Do you have any big plans this month? Do you find it challenging to come up with a realistic plan of action?
Until next time…
Paper. I’m biased. I mean, the photo gives that away, right?
NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching next week! If you have a book idea it’s a great way to build community and stay on track with your writing. Unsure what NaNoWriMo is? You can get more information here.
I’m working on a book of my own and started research on whether to release an eBook or going with traditional printing. Even though the world is crazy digital, printed book sales still trump electronic versions. Whew that was good news! Because for me, some things cannot be replaced. One of those things is physically cracking open a book to read.
Here are five of many reasons that your future readers will continue to choose a printed book over an electronic version.
I bet you didn’t know that I was writing a book, did you? Well if you follow me on Instagram, maybe you did.
I won’t even say how long I’ve been working on it, because I’m embarrassed. Yup, it’s been that long.
Cue National Novel Writing Month or #NaNoWriMo for short.