So if you are reading this; you are probably an aspiring writer. I wanted to share some of my own personal experiences of completing a professionally edited final draft. Well, it may not be final. As a writer, I find myself always going through my critiques from beta readers and some critique services and coming up with ideas to improve my WIP. I also received a revision request from a top agent; and she was spot on. I finished them recently, had it edited and sent them back and who knows; there may be more revisions on their way. Analyzing feedback as we know is all subjective. Some beta readers dislike multiple points of views, and others enjoy the variety. But as the author, deep down in the depths of your writing soul you will see what resonates with you and the changes and work that needs to be done. Good luck in your writing! Below are links to websites I have found helpful throughout my process.
Tim Staveteig is an excellent literary coach that offers the full suite of editing services as well. He provides great words of wisdom.
I can’t say enough about this firm who offers just about everything an author needs. Emlyn Chand and her band of merry cohorts are a delight to work with, including Mallory Rock (cover design and everything involved) Kira McFadden (an awesome editor) and Kimberly Kinrade (marketing). Most of them are successful authors and sit on your side of the fence, and their blogs are chock full of information.
Speaking of Mallory, she is great check out some of her work.
Casey McCormick’s site is loaded with information on lit agents, specifically YA.
Published author Mickey Rooney’s the independent publishing magazine is full of self pub/indie press info and other author related tidings.
I grew up a big Piers Anthony fan and love his support of aspiring writers on this site.
Preditors and editors…always good to look through before you query.
Very informative site on the pro’s and con’s of self publishing.
Some really informative blogs posted here in YA and other neat stuff.
Author central on Amazon.
Informative book promotion site.
Self editing wizard. Super easy to use, and every time I write a chapter I run it through their program.
Review of Mark Levine’s The FINE PRINT of self-publishing; a must read if you go this route.
Hope this all helps! Until next time…
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”- Ernest Hemmingway