Wednesday’s update on The Omphalos of Delphi

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Ah—the holidays. It’s a time to relax, enjoy friends & family, reflect on our blessings, and eat. I trust you had a marvelous day?
Shortly after Thanksgiving, the reality strikes us that Christmas is on its merry way. I enjoy the festivities, but not the shopping. Crowds send me into a panicked state. I don’t know why, but maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if people weren’t rude during this time of year. Is the toy, electronic device, or stuff really worth the irritation? If holiday cheer and glee accompanied the shopping experience, maybe it would be less cumbersome. Also, since I’ve worked retail most of my life, I take pity on the cashiers enduring those endless lines, and snippy people. I’ve been in their shoes, and I wouldn’t EVER want to work in retail again!
Okay, on with where I’m at! Guess what? I finished chapter 16, and am currently writing chapter 17. Finally, my characters get to move to different sceneries. Believe me, it is VERY difficult to write about cold weather, when I live in a desert. Seriously, I stuck my head in the freezer several times, to get the feel of being cold. Some of my close friends managed to attain a full-body snowsuit, so it could help with the visual aspects of writing. I’m happy to envision different terrain.

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In this chapter there’s a bit of excitement. Our hero proves his valor – risking his life for another, even if it is just a dog. Next, my characters are going to Denmark. It wasn’t a planned destination, but research revealed the modes of transportation only go to Copenhagen. Even though the characters won’t be staying long, I am excited for the opportunity to research Copenhagen, Denmark
Join me each Wednesday for the insights of The Omphalos of Delphi. Leave comments, questions, or give feedback here by clicking the title of the blog. Like, follow, or just stay tuned.
Take care, my friends.

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Editing

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Why, when, and where do we need it?

I am not going to lie. I NEEDED an editor. My grammar is not perfect. My understanding of words and/or usage of words can be wrong. Even though I was pretty good in English classes, I needed my manuscript polished. It wasn’t bad, but one of my main issues was leading off a sentence too weak. My editor (without changing the content) made each sentence more powerful.
As a writer, we like to believe we are good enough. Some of us can go as far as to say, we’re perfect. But, try not to fall into this belief before you get off the ground. Stay humble. You are a human being with the knowledge that NOTHING is perfect. Even in nature, there is no such thing as the word perfect. Do we appreciate it any less? I don’t. Admit that you need an editor. They aren’t your enemy; they are here to help bring your writing to a whole new level.
I will admit that when I got my manuscript back from the editor, it reminded me of being in school. You remember writing a school essay, and then getting it back with red pen marks on it? It feels disheartening. But after I started reading and understanding the marks, they weren’t supposed to be discouraging; in fact, they were encouraging. She wasn’t there to hurt or hinder my life’s ambitions, but nurture it to the fullest.
I also noticed that she didn’t change the story structure or wording. After I finished going through all her edits, I appreciated everything she had done. Quite honestly, I don’t know how she does it. I couldn’t read, rearrange, rework, reread, and restructure multiple manuscripts in a year without going bonkers!! Hats off to anyone brave enough to take on being an editor.

When to find an editor?

Personally, you should find one before submitting to agents, if you intend to publish traditionally. Agents are busy people, and so are their assistants. They won’t waste their time if the manuscript doesn’t appear professionally written, or have an intriguing plot, and has no marketability.
How traditional publishing works is after you’ve hooked an agent, the agent will submit the manuscript to a publishing house. The publishing house provides an editor, if needed.
Strictly Self-Publishing and P.O.D. authors will need to hire an editor. You would not want to publish a book without being professionally edited first. Unless you are an editor and know the Chicago Manuel Style format, you shouldn’t risk publishing an unedited book.
Alternative Publishing companies usually provide an editor. Some companies charge extra fees. Again, check out different companies and package details beforehand.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about: traditional, strictly self-pub’d, P.O.D, or alternative self-pub’d – check out last week’s blog on the four types of publishing.

Where to find an editor?

Several weeks ago, I talked about: If you’re a writer—find a group. The neat thing about writing groups—they have connections. A lot of editors attend the same functions writers do. Ask others in the group if they can recommend an editor. I found my own editor in this fashion. She was part of my writer’s group, Abba’s Writers.
If you type in “How to find an editor” in your search engine, many options pop up! Don’t jump to any one of these choices without doing research. Check out their reputation, previous works, and price comparisons. Someone I know took her work to a “professional editor,” who was willing to take her money, but only did minimal work. Be careful!
I hope my discussions have shed light on writing, publishing, and editing. All I can do is reveal my personal experiences, and share some of my research. But don’t stop with my blog. Please, venture out, do lots of research, and find more information.
Thanks for your support and readership.
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