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Lason, My First Book
Professional Edits

Based on my experience there are two main types of edits. One is a content edit. This is where someone will read your story and check it for continuity and plausibility. The other is a technical edit. This is a spelling and grammar check.

I got both of these as a packaged deal from a source on-line. Shop around - Google is your friend. I got the content edit and spent over a year doing rewriting before I got the technical edit.

Was it worth it? Yes, I was/am a clueless newb. My story was always solid, but I couldn't write. Even now, with one book done, if I wrote another I would still do both edits.

When I got the book back for the content edit I was angry and very disappointed in myself. I thought most of the "suggestions" were wrong and would kill the story. It took me a while to come to terms with it. I had to learn a couple of hard lessons, which is expected when you do something this complex with no training.

First, I paid someone to find problems. Don't take it personally - all they did was their job. They don't tell you if they like it or not so it feels very negative, but if you read what they wrote, you start to understand that they are just trying to help.

Second, if they don't understand it, then nether will your readers. You don't have to change the story - you just have to do a much better job of writing it. For example, you can add one line early in the book that will plant something in the head of the reader, which later on will make something awkward work. In my case, I originally never put the age of the main character in the story. The editor assumed he was much older than he really was. I added it to the first part, and it nullified his concerns much later in the book. Eighty percent of the time writing a book is re-writing it over and over. At first I fought changes, but then I learned that is what writing is.

So you have to re-write it over and over while still preserving the feelings, emotions, and characters' personalities and without getting burned out. Sometimes you need to walk away for a while and come back to it. Just be careful, or it will never be completed.