Now that I have a number of short stories completed, I find myself now an editor. More so then if I were to send the stories to magazines for consideration.
As a self publisher you need to be the final gate before the press. It is recommended by many on the web that I should hire a professional editor.
I agree. But I can’t afford an editor. To pay what I can pay for… well lets say I’ll get what I payed for. Not worth the money wasted.
So I decided I must do this myself. I am going to post each story on a critique site. I think this is the best bet for a first reader. With the help from the site and my own skills in the English language, I am sure I can get something that looks professional. If not I’ll hear about it in reviews I’m sure.
As I build my business and career as a writer and I know I can earn out the money spent on an editor… well then I’ll hire one.
But not now.
Instead I’m going to spend my money on a professional book cover using 99designs.com I have heard much about the site and checked it out for myself. So far I’m impressed.
One tool of editing I’m going to include is a style sheet. I want to get good at the style sheet. It will keep my stories congruent.
So currently I am editing a number of short stories that will be part of a science fiction/fantasy anthology. My first book. Each story will be released as singles as well. The covers for the singles will be done by me, or bought cheap from a designer. The main anthology will have the large purchase cover. $300 if I go with the smallest package 99designs offers.
Thats where I am at.
I also want to note that I’m sorry if the site was down. I just tried to get on today to discover it blank. One of the plugins was giving me trouble. But as you can see the site is back up now.