Roots and wings

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the people or things we love. In the case of a novel, it’s also hard to recognize when it’s time to let it go.

I’ve revised my draft several times and it’s been through two round of beta readers. Yet each time I go back into it, I find a zillion things to change. Enough already. Time to push it out of the nest—and share it with a completely impartial professional.

I have queried some editors about doing a developmental edit for my novel. Due to the length of my manuscript (185,000 words—ouch!), that is going to be expensive. We’re talking $5,000 or more.

So, backpedalling furiously, I have a new plan: the manuscript critique. This is a much, much cheaper way to get a pro’s advice about the strengths and weaknesses of my novel. It’s a good next step, and it will make for a healthy separation as my novel and I take a much needed break from each other. I am now shopping around for just the right editor—someone with experience editing historical novels and books with more than one narrative thread.

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Amy Maroney

I'm a writer living in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and daughters. It took 4 years to write and publish my first novel, The Girl from Oto. Before that I was a writer and editor of nonfiction. This blog charts my progress as an independent author navigating the fog-shrouded switchbacks of "authorpreneurship." Come along for the ride...I hope what I've learned along the way can help you, too!


    • Hi there! Sorry for the delay in responding. I got several names of developmental editors through the Alliance for Independent Authors and through Joanna Penn’s website, I ultimately chose someone based in the UK who had extensive experience both writing and editing historical fiction. Prices are all over the map for editors so it really helps to cast a wide net and try to find someone in your genre. Good luck!

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