We are pleased to have a guest post by Sarah Billington. Not only is she “a twenty-something editor, manuscript appraiser, eBook formatter, cover designer, short course and workshop instructor,” but she’s an author, too! Check her out at her website (http://sarahbillington.weebly.com/).
As a publishing indie author, I know from personal experience just how important it is to have a good editor. When I’m writing, I can get into the zone. I freaking love my characters, and my novel is a work of genius even if it did come out of my head. And just like with other people you love, your kids, your husband, or pets, etc., you can become blind to their faults.
I don’t have kids, but I do have a dog who (though everybody says this) is the best dog in the world. Everybody says THEIR dog is the best dog in the world, but in my case it happens to be true.
So maybe she runs outside to bark at possums in the middle of the night, waking up the neighbourhood. Everyone who lives around me can certainly see her flaws. But me? Well, she has such a cute bark….
Just like with my completely perfect dog, I – and all authors – can become blind to my story’s problems too. Sometimes I’ll think it’s flawless just the way it is.
But nothing’s perfect. Especially not a first draft.
When you hire an editor to work through your manuscript, they aren’t blinded by love; they can see what’s good about it (her permanently waggily tail) and what’s bad about it (standing on you at sunrise to welcome you to the day) with a clarity you, as the author, simply can’t possess (at least not until you’ve spent some time apart and the hazy, gooey swirl of infatuation has worn off a bit).
And best of all, an editor can tell you how to fix it!
And though you might not agree with everything your editor says, a lot of the time, you’ll decide they’re right.
Editing is so important to all books, but it’s definitely something indies should spend the money on as it makes all the difference between someone reading half of your first book and deleting it, never to read more from you again, and creating a life-long fan who will forever eagerly anticipate your next work.
After a lot of writing and years of study and experience in the publishing industry, I have the skills to help independent authors and traditionally publishing hopefuls polish their manuscripts, to really craft them and help them meet their potential. And as I’m one of you, I aim to be super affordable (whilst also making a living).
Check out my website http://sarahbillington.weebly.com/ to see what I offer and my super-fabulous testimonials from super-fabulous authors and publishers.
And if you like funny girl books with best friends, betrayals, and awkward first crush moments, then you might enjoy my soon to be released ebook, the middle grade novel Life Was Cool Until You Got Popular. And yes – it has been edited J. And you know what? It made it better and better every time.
LIFE WAS COOL BLURB–Her new novel is coming out in September.
Kaley can’t wait to start at her new school with her best friend Jules. Jules was away in Europe all summer (worst summer of Kaley’s life!) But it’s cool, now school is starting and everything is going to be awesome. However as the school bus pulls up on that first day, Kaley barely recognizes the silky hair and glossy lips as Jules gets off with the cool kids and with their arch-nemesis Meg, the popular girl (God only knows why) who made Kaley and Jules’s lives miserable in elementary school. In Europe, Meg had somehow won over Kaley’s best friend and Kaley finds herself frozen out.
LIFE WAS COOL UNTIL YOU GOT POPULAR is a first person MG told through Kaley’s eyes, chronicling the initial pain and incomprehension of what happened to destroy their friendship. But that doesn’t last long. Kaley decides that underneath the bleached blond clone with the personality transplant, Jules is still in there. Somewhere. And she is going to get her best friend back!