I see a lot of posts, memes, tweets, and other assorted outlets of social media claiming to write stories that follow the new trend. There are two problems with this. First, they expect every writer to be a trend setter because who knows what the next trend will be. Second, they contradict all the other posts, memes, tweets, and other assorted outlets of social media telling you to write the story you want to tell.
For a few years now I have been working on a series. I love the premise. I have written three books so far and fall in love with the characters a little more each time. I want to succeed as a writer, I do not think there are many people who write that hope to fail. Writing books is a lot of work. A labor of love. A writer putting themselves out there to be praised, criticized, ridiculed, adored, and an assortment of other possibilities.
After a full year of rejections from agents I got an email from one who liked the premise and recommended I work with a developmental editor. I had no idea what that mean if I am being honest. So, I did my research. I found several people, many of which were charging upwards of three to four thousand dollars. A bit deep for my pockets.
Then I came across a name in a group I am a member of. I looked at her resume and was instantly intimidated. I sent her a message and we spoke about the process, what she would do, what I would do, how long it would take, and so forth. I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
She is professional, knows what she is doing, changed the way I write, has taught me so much in such a short time, and soon when I get the rest of the edits I know I will learn more.
I know there are no guarantees that this edit will get me an agent, but it is a step in the right direction – one I am happy to take with this editor.
I will try to write more about the process here, but blogging is not my strong point.