The Final Goodbye (the first book in "The Lancaster Series" ), which I began writing (on Wattpad) in May of 2015- and finished it in August 2015- was submitted to my editor early last month. After a month of trying to patiently wait for the work to be completed, I finally got the manuscript back.
The Good News: The editor did an excellent job with making sure the book was formatted correctly.
The Bad News: The editor missed many grammatical errors and changed some of the writing in the book by using her own words which is a big NO-NO in the editing world!
What does this mean?
I have already began going through the manuscript to fix any errors I noticed. Thankfully, I am in the middle of taking a college course on editing, so once it's finished, I will be able to edit my own work (and get paid to edit for other people as well!). I might not be finished with the class yet, but I am able to easily see many of the mistakes my so-called editor made. This, of course, infuriates me! She is supposed to be a professional editor after all... UGH. Writing the book was easy. Everything else after that is super hard for me to deal with. All I want to do is what I do best: write my books. Then when they are finished, I want to be able to hand my manuscript(s) off to an editor to make sure it's (or they) polished and ready to send off to publishing companies and literary agents. As of this post, I have only had time to edit and do a partial re-write of the entire first chapter, and part of the second chapter for The Final Goodbye. I did update the first chapter on Wattpad.
I mentioned that I am taking an editing class. In addition to that one, I am also taking Advanced Fiction Writing and How to Get Published classes. These have been keeping me so busy that I have barely any time to work on getting the editing done for TFG, let alone the editing for The First Hello. I don't even have the time to work on the other three books I have started.
In early June the classes will all be finished and my time will be freed up to get all that work done. *sigh*
I sure hope all this time, money (spent on classes) and energy is worth it in the end, and my books get published. I can go through Amazon's book publishing department and publish the books through them, however, they would retain the rights, the book could only be purchased through them, and I would not be able to seek out any publishing companies. I would only resort using them as a "last case scenario."
As a side note, it's 3:30am and while I am typing this blog post my eyes are literally going cross-eyed. I am beyond exhausted, lol. So if there are any typo's or errors in this blog post, fuggettabout it! I'm literally too tired to re-read it at this point.