Whenever I read articles about self-publishing your books, whether it be in paperback or e-book, everyone is always pointing out how important it is with editing. I agree, editing is very important, and I can get quite frustrated when reading books if I find an inordinate amount of mistakes (especially if it’s in the first few pages!).
However, they often tell you to use a freelance editor to do your editing. I don’t expect to make a lot of money on my books. An e-book, on average, sells a total of 250 copies in its lifetime. That’s on average, which means that you could very well be below that number.
If you then spend around £1000 on a professional editor for your novel, you’re most likely going to make a loss on your book. While I would like to think that I write mainly for myself (and this is true), I can’t really afford to lose money on my writing. So, I’m sorry my friends – but I have to do my own editing, revising and proofreading.
If I somehow get lucky and sell a lot more than expected – then I’ll spend that money. When I might stand a chance to earn it back. Until then, I’m on my own.
Do you do your own editing, or do you pay someone else to do it?
It’s been a rough start to the year with leaving my old job and starting a new one. Then finding out I was pregnant a couple of weeks after resigning. Then miscarrying two days before I would have hit week twelve. As if that wasn’t enough, I then ended up in the hospital with complications from said miscarriage.
I’m back at work again as of this week, and I’m also trying to get back into the editing of my first novel. This year I am going to publish it, and that’s that.
Numbers of chapters edited: 5
My goal is to edit one chapter per day, but I’ve discovered that the days when I work a few nights in a row – I get nothing done. It could be because I get home from work around 9 am, sleep until 5 pm and then only have two and a bit hours before I have to leave for work again. Now that I know that’s how it works in my new job, I can try to make up for it by doing an extra chapter on days when I’m not working.
I’ll be honest. I’ve done zero writing other than the edits. Definitely need to find a way to jump start my writing. Whether that is to write some random crap that’s never meant to see the light of day just as an exercise or to just force myself into a new project – I don’t know yet. But something has to be done. Editing is well and all, but I need to write something new too.
Other Random Stuff
It was my weekend off, and I would have been able to get quite a bit of stuff done – only I ended up hardly being home. Once I woke up after my last night of work on Friday I had a follow-up appointment at the hospital, and then went out to dinner and a movie with my partner’s mother and sister. On Saturday I went with the same two ladies again to do some clothes shopping, and then a trip to IKEA to buy a few things (like the yummy meatballs).
Today, Sunday, we’ve been away most of the day to my partner’s grandmother for a big family gathering that they have once a year. All the family come down from the various corners of the UK, and it’s a really fun day. Then in the evening I spent a few hours raiding in World of Warcraft, like I do every Sunday night when I’m not working. Because I’m a geek.
How was your week? I hope it was more productive than mine!