How Much Does Your Writing Mean To You?
At this time last year, I just sent my manuscript for a new book to a high quality editor who cost a lot of money. You’ve heard me say this in a lot of videos before, but the truth is you get what you pay for.
A couple people that I worked with used to go to writing conferences where you could pitch to an agent. Betsy and Toby, two of these writers I worked with, really impressed separate agents with the contents of their novels and were asked to send them pages of their work.
This kind of opportunity does not always happen, especially given that these agents were head agents in very prominent New York agencies. However, when it came down to editing their novels Betsy and Toby went with the cheaper, more affordable route. This meant that these editors were not very qualified.
When they sent it their manuscripts, the agents rejected them as they were not up to their standards. And, in many of these cases, you don’t get a second chance. This was the case for Betsy and Toby.
Fortunately, everything worked out in the end. When I worked with Betsy and Toby I was able to connect them with my network of agents and help them with the process of getting published. Now they are signed and happy. But things might not have turned out this way for them if they did not decide to make an investment.
Sometimes we think about the amount of money that we’re spending but we’re not thinking of the investment that we’re making. These are not the same.
If I spent a couple hundred dollars and I don’t get quality edits, I don’t get what I need and what my agent is looking for, and end up rejected then I’ve lost. I’ve invested in nothing.
Whereas, if I make a substantial investment–like I’ve done with a high quality editor–I have a higher chance of getting high quality edits. Quality editing is an investment that is worth spending your money on. We need to use high-quality professionals that is specific to what we’re doing if we want to publish our novel.
If you feel like I do–if you believe in writing, you’re serious about publishing, and you’re willing to put in what it takes to make that happen then I’d love to talk with you. You can put yourself right into my calendar and we can chat about where you are, where you’d like to go, and how you can get there.