Fingers crossed and nose to the grindstone

Many, many thanks to all of you who voted. A Question of Time is a finalist for the Ind’Tale RONE award! Now the finalists in all categories will be judged by industry professionals. The winners will be announced in October at the Ind’Scribe conference in California.

So, I am going to try NOT to think about it until then. The best thing to do is to keep busy on something else, which I will be doing as I have received the other reply I have been waiting for: the professional editor’s comments and overview for my historical novel.

Yes, I took a big step in hiring an editor. I had a little savings from when I was working freelance and decided to invest it to get an opinion from an expert. Her answer came Wednesday, and while generally positive, I have a LOT of work to do! But I am no longer bogged down in indecision and false trails. She gave me some clear direction in how to strengthen my story and I intend to follow it. (Of course, I would be an idiot to pay someone for her help and then disregard it, wouldn’t I.)

This isn’t to say that the help I got from my critique partners and beta readers wasn’t useful. It was. But they are too close to the story, having heard  me moan about it for years. And they are my friends, as as friends, they hesitate to hurt my feelings.

Unless you have friends who aren’t afraid to tell it like they see it regardless of your delicate feelings, friends who are published writers and not avid readers and fans of anything you write, you probably should seek out a professional editor too.

Yes, if your book is accepted by a publisher, you will go through three or more rounds of editing–copy, line, content, etc. But I’m betting you will have a better chance of getting that acceptance if your book is edited, polished, and the best it can be before you submit it.

I’ve published a few books (see first paragraph) and I count myself lucky to have had them accepted. But this book is my baby, the one I’ve struggled with for years. It has gone through more revisions than I can count. I’ve never felt satisfied with it, and even though I sent it out a few times, when the rejections came back I knew they were justified. I just couldn’t get it to soar the way I envisioned it, and I couldn’t figure out why.

Now I know, and more than that, I have to tools to fix the errors and make the heroine stronger.

So I’ll be working on the revisions during the summer. And not thinking about the upcoming awards at all.

Yeah, I write fiction. And that statement is the biggest fiction of all.




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