My last installment was about doing everything yourself. If you’re not ready to take on The Whole Enchilada, you’re going to need some professional help.
GET THEE TO AN EDITOR:
I’ve already urged you to use a professional proof editor as the last editor to consult before going to press or sending your digital book out for readers. But you may need more than simple proof reading, you may feel the need to consult with a professional on more global issues in your manuscript.
EMMA DRYDEN has been in children’s book publishing for 25 years. Nearly 19 of those were with Simon & Schuster. Now she has launched a business of her own in which she offers editorial and creative services to authors of children’s books.
My editor, EVELYN FAZIO, has 32 years of publishing experience and has worked at Simon & Schuster/Prentice-Hall, Random House, Marshall Cavendish, and M.E. Sharpe. A former Vice President of E-Content Acquisitions for Baker & Taylor. She’s now freelance editing, and I can highly recommend her. She never guided me wrong with my first two books, and from my experience she has a keen sense about what a book needs to bring it to publication. I hope to work with Evelyn again.
Barbara Watson has recently set up her editing business, and in November I’ll try to lure her onto The Write Game to tell us more about her career and what she offers to writers. Find out more about her EDITING SERVICE.
IF YOU’RE NOT A WHIZ AT MOVIE MAKING . . .
Now I’m going to show you why you need professional help with that book trailer by totally embarrassing myself. Below is what I was pulling together for my book trailer . . . on my own . . . no help except from my computer. Then my primary Critic-Help Mate-Chief-Of-WhackUp-The-Side-Of-The Head (AKA husband) said, “You’ve got to be kidding.” No, he was kinder than that. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Get a professional, honey.”