I have a tendency to download free first in series novels written by indie authors. I’ve found some really good authors that way, but I’ve also made a disturbing discovery. There are a lot of new authors who feel their first draft is good enough for publishing. When I (and I’m sure many other readers) come across books like this, I don’t read beyond the first chapter, if I even make it that far.
I’m sure nothing I say will ever change the minds of people who don’t believe editing can improve their work. But I also know there are a lot of new authors who just can’t afford an editor. I was in that same position, and I know how difficult it can be. So here are some ideas to get around having an editor until you can afford one.
One thing you can do is join a writing critique group, or if you’re uncomfortable with that, find other authors (through writing communities or social media groups) who are willing to beta read for you. I have about 6 beta readers to start with, and that really helped a great deal.
Of course, beta readers won’t catch all your mistakes. They can tell you if things don’t make sense if there are inconsistencies, plot holes and things of that nature. Some might even be able to point out grammatical errors, but they’re not editors. You still have to use your best judgment and do some research if you’re not sure their suggestions are sound.
I found that as time went on, I began meeting a lot of people with different talents. Eventually, I met Allison, and as it turned out we had talents that complement each other. She’s good with editing, and I’m good with marketing and formatting. So we exchange our services for each other and it saves us both a lot of money.
This is ideally what a new author should shoot for, in my opinion. Put yourself out there and meet other authors who have talents that can help you and offer your talents in exchange. There are also great sites you can turn to like Grammar Girl and Grammarly, and Grammarly even has a free program you can download to help you fix the grammar errors that Word and similar programs miss.
So don’t worry if you can’t afford an editor at first. But don’t forego the editing process either, especially when there are so many alternatives. Read books about writing and self-editing to improve your own writing and editing skills, get feedback from other authors, find willing beta readers and use their feedback, and get to know other authors. You never know who you might meet, and you’ll be amazed at how your skills grow as time goes on.
And now for a little surprise!
I thank everyone for their patience while I was not well and having trouble writing as a result. It took a lot longer than I expected to finish with Episode 16 of my Shadow Stalker serial, but I’m happy with the result.
I’ve been wanting to write exclusive short stories for subscribers for a while, but I’m finding it’s not going to always be feasible, especially when I’m not well, so what I’ve decided to do instead is offer our subscribers early access and one week free to all new Shadow Stalker (and future serial) episodes.
I didn’t wait to publish Episode 16 since it’s been so long, but instead what I’m doing as an extra special treat is giving you one week access to Episodes 13 through 15 as well. I’ll be sending an extra email soon after this one with the special links (to keep it exclusive), and you’ll have one week to use the links to download the books before they expire. They are available in multiple formats and should be easy to download right onto your favorite e-reader or reading app. So keep your eyes open for that!
If you’re not subscribed, you have a day or so to subscribe to get the email with the free links! 😉
Also in this Newsletter:
- Author Spotlights:
- The Bow of Destiny By P.H. Solomon
- The Cracked Amulet (The Wefan Weaves Trilogy, Book 1) By R B Watkinson
- Golden Dawn By Aldrea Alien
- Shadow Stalker Sneak Peek
- Renee’s Works in Progress
- Now Available: Into the Shadow Wood and Sneak Peek
- Indie Authors Taking the World by Storm
- And More…