So I am teeing up one of my books for publication.
First course of action is seeing if an agent bites for trad pub.
However, I am not going to get my hopes too high in the clouds. So while I am aiming for trad pub, I am planning as if I am self-publishing as well, so if I fail at trad pub, I’ve already got a strong plan B in motion.
Which leads me to: Editing
For those here who have hired an editor for their self-published books, did you hire for more than one role? It looks like, if I want to do this as professionally as possible, I will need to have have an editor evaluate the novel as a whole, work on that, and then pay for a Copy Edit, then pay for a Proof Read. At the minimum. (This is my first book too)
- Manuscript Evaluation
- Copy Edit
- Proof Read
Who has an opinion/advise/any experience on this? Am I missing something? Are manuscript evals worth it?
Note: I am not paying an editor yet. I will try to query first, and if that fails, I think my goal is to pay for a Manuscript Eval, and if that comes back with all kinds of good ideas, I will work on those, and then maybe try to query again. But I am only hiring an editor once trad pub has been closed off. However, I want to shop/plan for that now, and wanted to see what other’s advise/experience was.