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Another Step Closer to Publishing

I received my manuscript back via email. This is what my editor had to say:

All done! Enjoy! And thanks again for this project, Allen. I loved editing this book, and I really hope I get to work with you again in the future! Keep in touch, I’ll be happy to help you with anything you need. Sincerely, Andrew,

That was not ALL he said. The email is huge with lots of instructions and notes. Now begins the process of refining, BLOOD & SOUL, this first book in the Creed of Kings Saga, for publishing. I’m a little more than a month away from my publishing goal. I’m not going to settle for second best. I’d rather take my time and publish during spring break the best book I can publish rather than in February a book that is less than the best. I’m chomping at the bit to start in the morning with a fresh cup of coffee.


  1. January 2, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Every step towards publishing is a great step! Congratulations!! 😀

    • January 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

      This was one of the most significant steps I’ve taken for sure. Glad I decided to let a pro do it. The chief complaint I see out there about self-published authors is the horrible editing. Most are amateur and that shows more than the story they are trying to present.

      • January 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

        What would you recommend for someone who wants to try that path? I’ve self-published one book in a trilogy and want to make a shift.

  2. January 3, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I would recommend finding an editor on LinkedIn. There are crowd sources such as freelancer.com and elance.com. Ideally you want both a line editor (grammar/punctuation/wording) and a story editor (helps with story structure/plausibility/detecting inconsistencies) in one person. It will cost you. So, you need to be sure you send the editor as close to the finished product as you’re able. But before you do all of that, you’ve got to make sure you have a solid story. Pretty sentences are hooey if there’s not a good/great story. For that I recommend Larry Brooks’ book Story Engineering and Eric Edson’s book Story Solution. Why? Because the other thing I’ve seen in many self-published authors is the obvious lack of studying the craft of story telling. I was friends with a girl online a few years back and she wanted me to read her book she had just finished. I asked what’s the message? what’s it about? She said there was no message and she seemed offended that I would question her about such a thing. She is one of the multitude lost in the postmodern nebulous world. The funny thing is I believe she is brilliant but she is bogged down by the embrace of a flawed philosophy. As Stephen Covey said, begin with the end in mind. Know where you are going and why. Outline your book and know the ending before you commit to a rough draft. Don’t fall for the “there are no rules” lunacy.

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