Here’s the good news, I finished my WIP on August 23rd with a word count of 88,000 words. I’m thrilled, but nervous about the editing portion. My last manuscript, I really struggled with how to edit, but this time around I think I have a better understanding of how to do it. I know some of my writer friends hire an editor, but that’s not an option for me, at least for now. Thankfully, I have a wonderful critique partner, willing beta readers, and my mother in law is a technical writer, so she’ll be able to catch the grammar/punctuation errors that I’ll miss. I’ll keep y’all updated about the process and if I learn any new tips.
Moving on to another subject….
Recently, I spoke with a writer friend who dropped $900 on an editor . (This is the second paid editor for this manuscript.) He told me he isn’t going to take her advice to cut 25,000 to 35,000 words from his 135k word manuscript or her advice to change it from new adult to young adult. This isn’t the first time he’s heard this advice, several other agents and editors have said the same thing. This is his 37th time editing the novel, either with a professional or on his own. He’s going to make one more round of queries and then is going to publish it himself.
Here’s what I’m wondering…
Why bother with spending the money when you aren’t willing to take the advice from INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS?
The ironic thing is that he doesn’t understand why he’s being rejected. I asked him if it could possibly be his word count and he said, “Nope.” I kid you not. Then I asked him if he thought it was because it should be YA instead and he repeated his answer. Seriously, I about fainted. I mean he’s lucky enough to receive feedback and I feel he doesn’t put any value in it.
However, I’m not sure he’s alone. In some ways, I wonder if I’m a little like him, blind to the important critiques and only willing to focus on the small things. It’s easier to solve small problems, like adding a coma, instead of large ones, like cutting 25,000 words. After a few days of reflecting on this experience, I’ve decided to pay more attention to my critiques and make sure I’m not trying to dodge the big things. I’m hoping it will make me a better writer and after all isn’t that what we all want.
What about you, do you think you focus only on the small issues and ignore the larger ones?