What’s next?

It is paralyzing at times to consider what comes next. I still have work to do on Sarah Blue; somedays it seems that the more I work on it, the more work remains. In truth, as daunting as that is, considering what I have to do when I’m done is significantly more troubling. Finishing the novel is step one. So, what’s step two? There are a billion decisions to make.

After reading your own work nine dozen times, it’s impossible to see your own typos. It’s difficult to notice if entire words and sentences are missing. Sure you can send out your work unedited – but should you? Can you trust your friends and family to be your editors? Can you trust yourself? Or do you shell out the money to pay someone to fix all your errors? If you decide to get an editor, how do you pick one? Or do you risk sending it to an agent as is – and letting them forward it to their own editor?

Another big question: do you reach out to an agent or try to submit directly to a publisher? According to Editing Ass, not obtaining an agent makes you an ass (not his direct quote, but what I took from it). However, if you listen to Gina Scott it’s okay to market directly to publishers.

What is one to do?

I don’t think there is one answer, what works for one person does not work for another. I’ve said it before, don’t get so caught up in the business end of writing, that you forget to write. Don’t allow yourself to become so focused on becoming an Author that you forget to enjoy being a Writer.

Important links for you to consider:

Formatting your manuscript

FAQ about editing – from an Editor

Copyediting vs. Proofreading

A word on copyrighting

Thoughts from Literary Agents

Author Platforms

Your Homework: Focus on your writing, do a little research, but don’t let it overwhelm you.

Visit The Spark tomorrow for your Saturday writing prompt.

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