It's not all fun and games yet. I still have to proofread and then it goes off to my editor, the awesome author and Permuted Press' newest star, Jessica Meigs. The Zombie Queen herself has decided to edit my book, how cool is that? I'm also working with the fabulous Sarah Billington for my entertainment-themed novels and all I can tell you is she is a sweetheart and both editors are worth every *single* penny they charge.
There was a huge blowup in Indie Writers Unite, a group for indies on Facebook, and it all amounted to whether or not indie authors need editors. It was kicked off by a talented and outspoken writer, Albert Benson, who claimed to not need the help of "leeches". I took offense but I will actually go into my reasoning here on my blog (isn't that why you have one?)... I love editors. They are the unsung heroes of the publishing industry and the ones who have lost the most during this whole upheaval during the big 6's "reconstruction efforts to make themselves lean, fighting machines".
Indie writers out there, you need an editor, there I said it. I know everyone can't afford one and you're free to do what worked for Cheryl Shireman and I, amongst other indie writers. We released our books (with the help of proofreading and beta-readers and writer's groups), let your first novel pay for its own editing and then re-release the clean, edited version.
I am doing this with The Beautiful People series but every other novel going forward, I will be using an editor. I will also offer every person who has purchased any of the books from The Beautiful People series the edited copies for free. I have my email address, Twitter name and Facebook info in all my books. Just write me and let me know you have a "jacked up copy" and I will gladly give you the new edited version (these will be out early winter of 2012 so I will definitely keep you posted).
Question(s) of the Blog Day: Do you believe, as an indie author, an editor is a necessity or a luxury? Why or why not?
What I am Reading:
I can't tell you what it is about as I have just begun but it is an explosive story with lots of twists and turns. RJ Palmer is a genius in the making and Birthright is one of the best novels I have read in the past few years.
Death Wish: Book I: yeah, unfortunately, it's not gonna proofread itself. I wish I could tell you what it is about but I'd have to kill you. It's very good, juicy, has a lot of heart and is one of the best books I have ever written. I am very proud of my baby.
|Amazon: Available 25/11/11|
Smashwords: Available 25/11/11
Added to my TBR List:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/36790 (Free!)
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/85223 (Free!)