Writers shouldn't work alone. The IWSG Anthology #7 Authors share their thoughts on how they don't suffer through the process alone.
Writing is a collaborative process. Few of us do it alone. A bit like it takes a village to raise a child, often it takes a team to write a book. Sure, the author comes up with the premise, the beats, the first draft, but depending on the author's process, then the collaboration begins. Some authors may call for help/input earlier, but I usually discuss my story idea with my critique partners, then don't show them any more until I'm happy with my draft. Then the fun begins. We meet face to face, sometimes we Skype, and often I just share chapters via email (especially those all-important opening chapters) to gauge reactions. Yes, I use beta readers and editors, but my critique partners are the most crucial element for me in writing a book.
-- Denise Covey, "Marmalade Sunset"
After that, the book goes to my mom. She has her own editing business, and I hire her to do a proofread. I freelance as an editor, but I still get a professional copy edit. It's impossible for authors to edit their own work. Our eyes gloss right over the mistakes, because we know what the story is supposed to say. The final layer after those corrections are made is having the book files formatted (Kindle, Nook, Paperback). Once that's done, I read through them on their respective devices, to make sure the formatting looks as it should and to make one last pass to catch any missed errors. (I'm sick of my book by now. LOL) Lastly, the files get uploaded to the retailers, and I click publish. -- Melissa Maygrove, "My Heart Approves"
A friend from college and a former coworker read my work and offer suggestions. The two of them have very different literary tastes, and their input gives me a lot to think about! My writing has improved so much thanks to them. After several rounds of edits based on their feedback, my mom proofreads my final draft. Sometimes my husband agrees to look over my manuscript, but romance isn’t really his genre. His contribution is keeping the kids out of my hair. -- Kim Elliott, "Clyde and Coalesce"
I had to redo the whole thing, but I think we have it fixed!
I hope these bits of wit and wisdom were helpful and/or entertaining!
I like Templeton's process!
Where can I find a half-dead goat? Perhaps Schrödinger's cat could help me. At some point I will have to get help beyond my husband and siblings, but not quite yet. Thanks to all the "First Love" authors who shared how they get help. Just hearing how others get support gives me ideas.
Melissa is right - you can't self-edit.
Templeton - you are absolutely hilarious! I wish you were my critique partner!
I read my one little Hawaii novel to a dear friend aloud over 2 days and that's when I knew it was ready. It's called Aloha where you like go? And you can read it free with your prime membership at Kindle! Getting into the Hawaii state library, and meeting some great people, and getting some nice responses has been a high. Keep writing! Glad we met
These are all wonderful quotes and they mirror the process I went through when I was writing my book about our family history. There were those who read and proofed, those who read and reminded me of something that needed to be included (and probably those who only read about themselves and said, "good enough!"). Even now, as I'm trying to polish for printing, I am struck by the fact that there's a sentence that should be reworked or a spelling error or bad punctuation! Do we ever get it right? We only do our best.
On another note, thanks somuch for coming over to visit me at Marmelade Gypsy! It's a pleasure "meeting" you!
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