Editing is tough work. There are days I wish I had the $1000 it costs for a professional edit. Mind you, the $1000 I mentioned was for one pass. I read that a manuscript should have at least two editing passes and one proofread. I would need $2500-$3000 for that.
Face palm. Not happening. Not on my salary.
But wait! There is this wonderful thing called crowd sourced funds. Have I thought of that?
Hell yes, but I receive more of a response when I post on my dead sister’s Facebook page than when I post on my own. Becoming one more languishing project on Kickstarter.com doesn’t appeal to me, especially when there are an unreal number of other people trying to get their writing projects funded. People who need a whole lot more money and stuff than I do.
Professional cover? Check. I designed it myself. You wonderful readers have expressed delight over my cover and my coworker, who designs everything for a biotech trade magazine’s website (the leader in its industry) complimented over it.
So the covers for the next 4 books are good to go. Total cost? Several weekends of my time beating images into submission in Adobe Photoshop (my second love).
Print layout design? Check. I used to layout an insert into the Journal News in Quark Express. What is the Journal News? It’s the newspaper serving the ‘burbs of New York State south of Albany. So yeah I don’t need any help with that.
Sound editing? Check that off too. I used to edit the audio in Audacity (a free tool) for our webinars. One academic with a heavy Russian accent wrote my boss to thank me for making him sound like a native English speaker. I might have gotten a little carried away with the editing.
Over the years I have listened to over 1000+ audio books. And all that listening gave me an ‘ear’ for audio editing. So I don’t need to hire someone else to do that. But if Bronson Pinchot, Simon Vance or any of my favorite narrators asked to narrate my book, I would drop my DIY efforts in a nanosecond and accept.
That just leaves editing. Financially I have to go with the DIY method. I am carrying way too much debt to add any more. So I will be wearing the editor’s hat and I am trying not to cringe at the thought.
I worked in the editorial department for awhile before landing a position in project management, but I spent the bulk of my time managing the project manager, and all the stakeholders’ expectations.
In grad school, I tried to read the Chicago Manual of Style (the traditional publisher’s bible) and fell asleep on it after a few pages. I aced grad school despite that. (I hold an MS in Publishing for what it’s worth.) Maybe I learned something through osmosis.
I eye my CMS 16 book and consider using it as a pillow. Ow, no thank you. My demanding day job requires actual rest, and pillowing my head on hard objects won’t achieve that.
Thanks for reading my rant.
Are you too struggling with these same things? Are you an editing ace or a grammatical guru with advice to spare or a brain to pick? Have you been down this road before? Do you have road map for success, or reduced insanity?
Do let me know! Commiseration reduces loneliness! We can swap editing tips, reads– whatever–and just maybe, our manuscripts will be all the better for them.