LESSONS LEARNED WHILE EDITING
I'm editing the manuscript of my last client right now, as editing proved to me very painful because I'm such a perfectionist. I've been told I'm very good at editing, as good as a pro (which made my jaw drop, because I'm a total rookie), and I made money. I could continue making money editing, but it's not what I want to do. I want to write books and publish books and make money selling books, so I have deleted the editing page from my site, and I have only one client left (and after that zero).
It wasn't even worth the money for me to continue doing it because a lot of work I was getting wasn't ready for editing—it badly needed several more drafts. At first I thought it was an exception, but the more work I took on, the more I saw how half-baked most of it was. Hence, my pain and the wish to just DAMN REWRITE IT ALL. The pain was palpable, and it taught me valuable lessons. I'll share them here with you (and bookmark this post so I can remind myself). If you're an experienced writer, you'll be bored to tears ("Jeez. Come on. Been there, done that."), so skip it. But if you're a newbie and want to self-publish or query agents, read on. And if you find it helpful, send me coffee.
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