Monday, March 7, 2016

Editing, one size doesn't fit all

Yep, I screwed up and released my initial stuff without paying for an editor and I lost sales because of it, I know it was the wrong thing to do. So I went back and got everything and the new ones were edited before they came out. At the time I used two editors because of schedules and honestly money, the guy could work faster and was cheaper, the other woman I liked but she was squeezing me in and it would take more than two months for all my stuff to be edited. Before I used the guy who had I had been referred to by fantasy with a hint of romance writer. I asked him, if he was okay with editing, romance/erotic stories he said yes. He did his job but now I can honestly say I won't use him again because he might have done the job but he didn't respect my writing and he did the most basic. 

I'm picky, I'll be the first person to admit it. I demand a lot of myself and I expect to get what I pay for whether it's from the clothes I buy to the computer I buy to even the doctor I use. I actually went to six different doctors before I found one where I liked both the doctor as well as the front staff. If you are paying for something, get your money's worth. Sure word of mouth is a great way to find a good editor but if you don't feel the person works well with you then don't use them. The editor I'm waiting to work with is awesome, she really did not just a great job of editing but her suggestions fit my story well and the way I write, because it was clear she wasn't just looking for what I did wrong she was looking to make my story better and I think that's what a good editor is really suppposed to do. 

Don't do what I did, don't release your story without an honest to goodness editor you pay for to edit. But also if you don't feel like you two mix don't be afraid to say so and find another because there are a lot out there, you'll find one that fits you. 

Now am I going to share my editor's no freaking way.

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