Weeks ago, I asked the social media universe if anyone would be interested in reading the general romance-author questions I receive, along with my responses.
Some authors replied yes.
So here it is. No identifying information is revealed in these questions, just the generic question and my specific answers.
I received a referral from XXX to you regarding editing an MS. I am new to the industry, but I have completed two 50K plus word manuscripts and am currently working on others. I am involved in a local chapter of XXX as well as being the founder of a local “romance” book club. Since I am a relatively new author, I’m open to suggestions on what type of edit would be the best fit. I look forward to hearing from you.
Congratulations on finishing your first manuscripts. It’s great you have two. Many times new authors have never written more than one manuscript, and that gets difficult for the author later. Unfortunately, I am unavailable for the dates you need, but I have listed a few referrals for you below.
I also wrote a blog about finding a romance editor: http://www.theromanticeditor.
Typically, you’d start with a Sample Edit to be sure you and the editor work well together. Then, usually, a content or Editorial Letter to discuss the overall aspects, concept, execution of your story. Then, line edits are usually next. Sometimes line edits include copy edits; sometimes they don’t. You really only need copy edits if you plan to self-publish.
Another thing to go ahead and decide is what you’d like to do with your manuscripts. For instance, if you want your 50k romance to be submitted to Harlequin—the editor can help you edit your manuscript to fit the Harlequin series line.
I really, really appreciate your email, and it’s a well-written, informative feeler email. I wish you the absolute best!
Thanks so much for emailing me. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my site prior to emailing. (To protect the MS content, I had to remove the comments regarding this, but the author did read my homepage before emailing.)
Unfortunately, I’m currently booked on the day you want. I definitely don’t recommend you wait until my next available date (which is months after you’ve requested) to have your manuscript critiqued.
My first thought about your manuscript, from your description, is that you don’t have a romance. The romance genre is defined by a happy ever after or happy for now ending between two (or more) main, romantically involved characters. (Either male/male, male/female, or female/female).
The story you’ve described—is definitely not a romance.
However! The editor you hire, ideally, should be able to help you with your manuscript’s genre and the place the manuscript could have in the market. This is also research you should be doing on your own.
I wish you the very best of luck.
I have recently completed a novel and wanted to know which type of editing you recommend me pursuing? It is a Romance/Adult novel. What is your turn around time for a 14k novel?
My initial plan is to pitch it to an agent; however, I am not sure if it will be picked up, so my alternative result will be to self-publish in hopes that I will perhaps create a buzz to get a publisher to take me seriously.
Thanks for contacting me.
You say you have a 14,000-word novel? That’s a novella or a short story (there are specific word counts, but you’ll get varied definitions on Google.)
Since it’s so short—you maybe can do everything at once, which is Content, Line, and Copy. It really depends on how well the story is already put together (plot wise).
My recommendation is for you to have an editor look at your MS and tell you what type of editing you may need. If this is your first novel, you might need a little more help. If you’re an experienced fiction writer—you might only need copy.
For new writers—content edit is usually first, but again, since your book is so short you might be able to do content and line edits together.
The downside of two edits at once is your editor only sees your work once. If you get a content edit, then revise and send it back to your editor for line edits—then your editor sees your manuscript twice.
You mention you want to shop to an agent. Have you researched agents yet?
Since the word count is so low you’ll probably want to make sure an agent is willing to represent a short, short manuscript before you pay for it to be professionally edited.
Does that help?
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