I looked into several editors but was unable to find someone I felt could do the job I was asking them to do. I came across Create Space and they offer editing services. I looked into them and was surprised as to the requirements editors need to meet prior to being hired by Create Space. Also the price was not bad compared to several others I’ve ventured to check out.
Creating a book is not that hard, one only needs to put down the words on the page. Creating a quality book is a different matter and that’s why I chose to sink some of my own hard earned money into this book so it would be of greater quality for the reader. I’ve been through my own work several times, up into double digits. My wife, Lydia, has also read a lot of my book and has provided excellent feedback for me. I’ve taken her advice and feedback, rewrote the book and finally got to a point where I could no longer look at the pages. I was done, finished and careless with making changes – it was at this moment I knew it was time to let it go.
Now, it’s in the hands of a professional who I hope sees the hard work I’ve put into it, how I’ve tried to iron out the problems in the pages before letting an editor take a shot at it. I want the most out of my editor, I don’t want them spending time on little things I knew I could fix . Spending the extra time before turning it over for edits was an investment and I hope the return is much greater. I’m expected to receive my edits in late July and once I have those, its’ my turn to review, absorb the feedback and make choices on what to change.
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