It’s not that I haven’t had successes this year. I have as a professional editor. Now most of my writing time goes to editing because I have a good eye for spotting errors and a Chicago Manual of Style guide for everything else. A bunch of my business comes from editing picture books, most of which rhyme. Those are fun. But lately, almost half of my editing business has arrived thanks to Susan Kaye Quinn who wrote the YA Mindjack SF novels, all of which have done extremely well in sales. I loved them so much I proofread while I read to review and ended up copy editing the last book.
Susan is not only a real rocket scientist, but also a huge help to indie authors. There’s a giveaway on her site right now for her series, along with an indie basics series on where to publish, formatting (the easy and hard ways), and this week she explains how to track sales. Go read her page for writers and you won’t regret it. Then read her books too, and you’ll know why they’ve sold so well. Just click the picture below, and it will take you to Susan’s website. You can get the paperbacks or ebooks.
Back to IWSG. Since I love editing, my only complaint is the time crunch. If I could skip doing my taxes, I wouldn’t have had to turn down jobs due before April 15th. Sigh. So my challenge is figuring out how to divide my time between paid editing, critiques for my local and online critique partners, writing my own books, and doing yucky stuff like taxes and housecleaning.
Now I’ve resorted to editing on baby laptop during my book walks around the block (or inside my house if the weather is nasty). My walks are usually reserved for reading to review books and for critiques. I still love reading and always will. Otherwise, I wouldn’t edit. When I was a kid, I read while sleeping. Sort of. Sometimes I hid under my bed to read. Most of the time it was more like this:
If I could edit while I slept, I’d do that too. Well, I do edit when I sleep, but when I wake up there’s no real work done. Same goes for reading. And writing. Who wants to design a brain interface so I can make real use of my down time? Any of you SF writers? You’ll make a million and I’ll be your first customer. Now, tell me what’s your biggest challenge this year?
Also, if you’re a children’s book writer of picture books up through middle grade, please let me know if you’re interesting in joining an author coop. It’s free except for joint giveaway promotions once a quarter. There seem to be plenty of groups for YA writers, but I haven’t found one for us. Thanks!