Hi, Cheryl and all,
Hope all of you had a good thanksgiving.
Prior to COVID, I wasn’t doing much for the holidays and I’m still not doing much for the holidays. Prior to COVID, if I wanted to get out of the apartment on a day that was a holiday, I’d go to the food court at Royal Hawaiian Center (and before they tore the International Market Place down, the food court there). Waikiki’s open 7 days a week all year round whether it’s a holiday or not. Before that, I was going to parties at friends’ homes.
I finished my 3rd edit for my contemporary romance and still have more edits to go. I made plenty notes and comments that I’ll need to follow up with.
For my historical romance, I’m working with a wonderful beta reader. So far, she’s gone over 16 of the 24 chapters. I’m finally going over those chapters to edit not only for her comments and edits but I’m finding things I want to change that she didn’t pick up on. I’m finding that I don’t agree with all of her comments, but I do agree with both of them. And even the ones I don’t agree with make me look at the portion of the manuscript that she’s commenting on.
I think I”m finished editing my 3 novellas and 3 short stories but I’m dragging my feet on finding an editor to go over them. Even at one cent a word (the cheapest rates I’ve found for manuscripts that have been edited by the author), it’s going to cost money. I figure it’ll be at least $800. And it could be much more if I have a developmental edit. But, I’m just going to have to do it if I want to publish good products.
With my prior short stories, I was able to get away with beta readers and no editors because they were short and didn’t have a lot of changes in POV and scenes. However, that’s not the case with these novellas and even the shorter stories.
Well, my goal for the coming week is to continue working on the beta reader’s chapters.