Normally when you finish a manuscript you'd send it to a publishing house as a submission and wait for them to accept or reject you. Now writers have the flexibility of self-publishing which means they can write a book, edit it, get their readers interested and publish all by themselves. I finished my manuscript, a first draft, and sent it to an editor. Not the normal process but it's the way I did it and it's working perfectly fine for me.
I finished The Collective: A Pirate Adventure's first draft on February 20th 2016. It took me FIFTEEN months to write a complete novel. My emotions were running high and I didn't know what to do next, so, I messaged my favourite american lady and told her I finished. Her response was probably the best thing ever, "You finished? Thats amazing!" Yes it was amazing so I went for it and asked Ashley when she was booking editing clients from.
I paid a retainer and booked my place for 11th March. This sparked up all sorts of emotions. I was nervous. Of course I had told people I was writing a book, mainly just the people close to me, and now I was about to send my book baby to an editor. Although Ashley isn't just an editor, she's an award winning best-selling author, an editor AND my friend. That scared me more than anything.
I was also excited. My manuscript was getting edited which meant the next step would be to find beta readers and get published. Ashley was brilliant, she knew I was super nervous and scared about her reading and editing my manuscript that she sent me an e-mail when she was 14 pages in and gave me a taster of what was to come. She loved it.
My editor (still feels weird to say) loves my book and now I have the means to get it publishing ready.
Booking Ashley as my editor was a move I was scared about making but one I now will make over and over again. If you take one thing away from this blog post, I implore you to take this, GET YOURSELF A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR. I could never have done what Ashley has done to MY OWN novel because I am too close to it, I know everything about the world and the characters but she didn't so she showed me where the holes in the story were. It was the best money I have ever spent.
Have you gotten yourself an editor? What was your experience like?