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.