One of the successful self-published writers I rather admire told me recently that there should be ‘something’ between writing and self-publishing. Either I should submit queries to agents and publishers and qualify my own self-publishing on their responses (especially if it is not accepted simply because of the ‘market’, not because it’s not well-written or an engaging story), or I should pay a professional manuscript assessment service to read my manuscript and give feedback. The reason being to give myself something to fall back on if I get a bad review: if an industry professional likes it, that’s a comfort that you’re not a complete failure.
But as an low-budget writer, I simply cannot afford to have my manuscripts professionally edited. I’ve just looked at a few different services for both the US and Australia. One person is charging $400, another is charging $1000.
WTF? I know it’d be valuable, but at this point in time I just can’t afford it. So once again, do I need to have money to make money?!
Should I not even try to self-publish before having an industry professional look over my manuscripts, and how is this going to hurt my potential success?
Should I really take what this successful self-printer has said (bearing in mind she’s sold 5000 hard copies)?
- The Dilemmas of a Struggling Writer, Part the Fourth (bruceblake.wordpress.com)
- Are You a Mother Hen? (heidiwriter.wordpress.com)