As a general rule, I try not to talk about writing on the blog because I know it’s incredibly boring for anyone who isn’t a writer. And people who are writers. And houseplants. It can make most people either fall asleep or begin composing their grocery list in their head.
So, I generally avoid it.
I’m taking a huge-for-me step in the near future!
I’m currently revising Haughty and doing so with the help of Holly Lisle’s writing class. I’m very much a plotter, so the logical way she breaks down revising (and the way it’s not as overwhelming) is a huge help. I expect to finish right around Christmas or New Year’s. So that’s a thing, and I think it will be vastly improved.
But here’s the thing. I’ve decided to ACTUALLY QUERY. You know, instead of sitting on a stack of completed novels until the day I die and they throw them on my funeral pyre.
But to do that, I have to have some idea of good/bad/horrific my writing is. Let’s be realistic… I’m a writer so I’m neurotic and can’t fairly judge my own writing. I want you to read it, but I think it’s the worst crap known to man. Anyone I know who reads it says it’s good, but I CAN’T BELIEVE THEM. They must be lying or confused or read a different book.
So, I’ve decided to take that next big step and hire a content editor. I really need someone to look over my best novel and tell me how bad it is (and suggest how I can fix it). I’m really excited about this and also cringing.
I’m looking at ~$3000 in developmental editing.
Hurts, right? And their rates are actually very reasonable. So I’ll be living tight for the next six months while I try to get that together.
These may not seem like big steps to you, but they’re huge to me! And I just wanted to say I’m putting myself out there in prepartion for REALLY putting myself out there.
What stage is your writing at? Do you have a non-biased person you can go to who is willing to evaluate your writing? Inquiring minds want to know! *smile*