We’re getting there folks!
White Rabbit is very close now to the finish line.
Over the summer, I had White Rabbit in beta (shout out to my beta readers!) and got some really good feedback. I did another pass, and then I reached the point where I knew I’d gotten the manuscript as good as I was going to get it on my own.
It was time to bring in the big guns.
I had an epiphany at this point. Part of the reason I’d kept going back to the drawing board with this was because I was afraid of this stage–showing the work to someone who a. didn’t know me and, therefore, had zero obligation to kiss my ass and b. would be looking at the work (read: my writing) with a critical eye.
I had a choice. I could push the work out anyway, knowing it still wasn’t quite up to snuff and try to pull a fast one on my readers. I could let the manuscript sit and collect dust, never working past the burn and getting it to market. Or I could put on my big girl panties and finally hire an editor.
I started by writing down everything I was looking for in an editor and imagining the ideal person to work with. Then I posted the job on Upwork.
More than 16 people applied.
I only interviewed one of them and I ended up hiring him.
The first day or two after I’d sent the manuscript over to him, I was overcome with the most intense and irrational sense of dread. What if he hated it? What if he told me I needed to go back to the drawing board?
And yes, I had beta readers but they were all close to me (something I will try to avoid next time around) so it was natural for them to think I was awesome and maybe be a little blind to what the book needed to do to improve.
Dont get me wrong. Beta readers are a good thing to have. But in the end, you need someone partial and objective. Someone who works for pay (as opposed to working for food).
I can say that I’m super happy with the process so far. It’s been nice to get a fresh pair of eyes on this thing, and I’ve gotten valuable feedback. My editor and I work really well together, even when he’s kicking my ass.
So what next?
I’ll incorporate his feedback and then he’ll do the final copyedits.
While he’s doing that, I’ll be finalizing the cover and working on the trailer so stay tuned for those.
Advanced review copied will go out in early January. Click here and drop me a message if you want to get on that list.
And if you want some stellar resources on how to find your own editor, check the links below. Or you could just hire mine. He’s awesome.