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Professional Editors

You’ve finished your book and are now looking over your options. Should you immediately send this book to your dream publisher? Should you first go over the whole manuscript with a fine tooth comb, searching for those tiny errors that might result in a rejection rather than a contract? Or should you hire an editor to go over your work, and pay someone else to do the boring, hard work?
One of the first things you need to know is that no professional author ever sends out their first draft. The ideal situation is for you to allow that first collection of idea to rest, to take a nap while you reconnect with family and friends. A first draft should never be seen by anyone except yourself.
Now that you’ve moved forward, begun a new book or pounded out a few short stories to keep your mind sharp, it’s time to consider what you’re going to do about your book. Its presence has never really left your mind.
There are other options, albeit ones that won’t finish your book faster than hiring an edi…

One Simply Does Not Write A Book

“Ah, you’re writing a book. What an easy life you have.”
How many times have you heard that or other comments where the person speaking to you feels that being an author or a writer is the easiest job in the world? Do these types of comments put you on the defensive? Should you fire back with the hours and hours you spend on research? Do the words “you don’t have a clue” spring to mind? Are you always on the defensive, explaining how you don’t spend all day in five star restaurants or on talk shows?
You’re not alone. I can’t count how many times I’ve cringed when I see “that” look on someone’s face. I just know what’s coming next. So, one must ask: “How do I make non-authors understand how much work is involved?”
The first thing you need to say is that one simply does not write a book. Imagine their expression of shock and disbelief when you drop that on them. Most people will tell you that it must not be such a hard job to write a book. After all, thousands of people publish a book dai…

Self Published versus Traditionally Published

Once upon a time, about twenty or thirty years ago, it was rare that you heard about self published authors, and even rarer that one became famous and was accepted by a traditional publisher. Two names immediately come to mind of those who made that leap—John Grisham and Christopher Paolini. Both are still with their major publisher and still release books. What about the ordinary person who didn’t have the same luck as Grisham or Paolini? What chance do they have in this very different world of publishing today.
Today, thousands upon thousands of books are uploaded and published daily. Since the turn of the century, the publishing world has changed so significantly that unless you have kept up with it on a daily basis, it’s almost unrecognizable to those from another era. No longer does a publishing company have a massive staff of people to read prospective authors’ work, to hold their hands through the sometimes arduous, occasionally long, process of having their book published.

Sapphire Blue by Karen King

Can love survive death?
“No one has ever walked out of Red. Once the Soul Catchers get you they don’t let you go.” Denny’s words scare me but I have no choice. If Will is in Red that’s where I have to go. I’ve never really thought what it was like when you died. I’m only 16, too young to worry about that. At least I thought I was. I’ve heard about Heaven and Hell, of course, but it doesn’t look like I’m in either of them. All I know is that Will ishere too and I need to find him. I can’t face spending eternity without him.

Sapphire Blue
Sapphire Blue – Extract

Everywhere Will turns all he can see is mist. It’s inside his head too, wrapping around his mind, stopping him from thinking straight. He tries to shake the mist away, to find a fragment of memory that will tell him who he is, where he is. But there’s nothing. His mind is a complete blank. He can’t even remember his name. He squints as a shape starts to form in the mist. It’s a man. The man strides purposefully as if he’s headin…

Queen Bee ~ King Contrary

Editing has begun. There won’t be much to do. Your work is nearly perfect, if it isn’t actually perfect. You’re smugly dreaming about the editor contacting you, to say your book is going back to the publisher because absolutelynothing is wrong with it. Visions of becoming your publisher’s number one author dance through your head.
Great dream. Fabulous dream. We all dream this one, but it’s not real. Yes, that’s right. It’s not real.
You will have some time before your editor contacts you. That is time to prepare for the process which can be quick or slow, depending on you and how you accept your edits. There are a few types of authors you should avoid being during this process.
The Control Freak: This is your book. You have sweated buckets, given up family  time and sleep, and now you will control this aspect of the pre-publication process. No one will tell you anything about our book is wrong. Absolutely nobody. They’ll soon learn that you are in charge.
Or you could find yourself havin…