I found an Editor I really liked, we seemed to click via email and the books she had edited in the past were similar to mine. So we decided on a date, I sent her my manuscript now…..I’m just waiting and waiting…..She said it would take her two weeks to get thru it all and its only been one so far but let me tell you it already seems like an eternity.
Not only do I want to get thru this final stage quickly because I want to get my book published ASAP but more than anything, I want to know what someone thinks of the book outside of my family and friends – obviously I think its awesome.
I wish she would give me some kind of crumb of her thoughts, just to know if she likes it, loves it, or thinks I’m an idiot for trying this writing thing.
Even at thumbs up emoji would work at this point.
So here I go, trying to patiently wait for her to send me my manuscript back to know her overall thoughts. And by patiently waiting I mean I am checking my email every two seconds.
I really thought this whole writing thing would be easier than it turned out to be. I had a story, a great story – at least I think so- and I knew exactly what was going to happen in each scene. So, it wouldn’t be hard to put all that into actual words that flowed and moved seamlessly from one scene to the other right?
So So SO WRONG
After I wrote my first draft I realized being a writer is so much more than having a story. Its having a talent for making people feel thru the written word. Most people hone that talent thru years and years of writing, so how can I compare or even catch up. This is my first book and I want to get it out there but honestly I feel…inadequate compared to all the other amazing authors out there.
When I read other books, the thoughts of the characters – the emotions the Author makes me feel, I doubt I have that talent. I tried, I tried really really hard in my book to make people feel and see what my characters are doing but Im not sure I actually achieved that goal or if I just ended up with 70K jumbled words that I think make sense.
I guess I just thought if I had a story. A good story. I could make my dream of being a writer come true. Sadly I learned its going to take a lot more than just a good story.
Now that I am towards the end of my edits….I decided to start placing a few chapters on Wattpad to get real feedback on my story. Feel free to check it out!
Falling for the Chance
Kennedy L Mitchell
Emily wonders if she will ever be able to move on from losing her fiancé Scott two years ago. Since the accident she hasn’t met anyone that made her want to move on, that is until she meets Martin one Friday afternoon in Dallas. He is a player and she doesn’t need anything serious, could it be a predestined match or recipe for disaster.
I am finally done with my first book, yay me, its a 63K word young adult romance novel, nothing fancy but hey its done. My question is do I need to hire an editor to look if over before I publish on Amazon? If so any suggestion where to find one.
My friends are reading it right now, making suggestions on things to change plus some light editing but Im not sure if this is enough. I don’t want to publish something, even if it is self published, that is full of errors.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Previous experiences? Help 🙂
I’m so bored with doing all these revisions! Why do first drafts have to suck so bad? I want to move on to my next idea!
Ok my first draft freaking sucks. Little deflating really. Is this normal? Should I just toss it all and start on something new?
Tonight is the night that I finish my novel. Its not perfect, but its almost done. I will go back over the next several weeks and rewrite, edit and edit some more, but all in all I did it. What I set out to do over a month ago is done. It might not be good, but it is mine. I turned one tiny idea into 60K+ words onto paper. Who else can say that did that (OK lots of other authors but none of my friends, no one I know personally). Im pretty damn proud of myself.
If it sinks or swims, I dont care. Im proud of myself and thats all that matters.