Friday, January 6, 2012

I have a love/hate relationship with edits

I am a staunch believer in having an editor. Though I have amazing critique partners, and a bunch of them too, an editor always lends greater insight and perspective to a story. Takes it another level higher.

As particular as I am about correct punctuation, grammar, and getting all the details right, I worry that I missed something. Or that the storyline has a hole.

So I am thrilled that Decadent Publishing contracted my dark paranormal novel, Dead to Rights.

I'd self-pubbed it last year, but hoped an editor could help me kick it up to that next level. (There's always a next level!) Unfortunately, I can't afford to hire an editor.

I just finished first-round edits, and am loving it. And hating it. Grueling as edits can be, I know I'll be happy with the end results.

I also wasn't satisfied Dead to Rights was receiving enough exposure. Lately, reviewers are swamped, so getting any reviews are difficult, but it's a little more difficult to entice a reviewer to read a self-pubbed novel, unfortunately. I'm hoping that now it will receive a little more attention.

The new, tentative release date for Dead to Rights is late February. Woo hoo!

And I just received this cover in my email.  Beautiful, isn't it?


Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

You're absolutely right. I must have edited my novel seven times and I still don't have very much confidence in it. I just hope it is error free. I know I'm sick of looking at it.

If I see any reviewers that are looking for books I will forward the links to you. I've been looking around myself and have been lucky to find three or four that at least will take a look. I have no idea if they'll actually read the thing and then write a review afterward. But they did say they'd take a look.

That's at least...something.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Michael! I have a few others self-pubbed, but am hoping now that this is with Decadent reviewers will pick it up. Decadent has a great rep.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We'll both have a release at the end of February - how cool! I have a list of book bloggers in my lower right sidebar. They are all science fiction though, so don't know if that would help.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Alex, I'll check it out!

Ciara said...

I'll be honest with you. It is no easier for small press authors to get reviews. It is getting easier now, with a couple books out, but still.

Cate Masters said...

Not enough reviewers to go around, unfortunately.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats, Cate. I love the cover.

BragonDorn said...

Best of luck to you. I hope you find a good editor :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Susan and BragonDorn. Yes, my editor is wonderful, I'm happy to say.