"Seeing" things a little differently
I wanted to write my memoirs.
I wanted to let people know about my life, the lessons I learned and how I overcame. Sure, it sounded like a great idea, I will just take some time and slowly, chapter by chapter write my memories.
Three and a half years later, I find myself still writing this darn book and I don’t think it’s ever going to end.
A year ago I asked a journalist friend of mine to look over the manuscript. A few months later it was returned to me with notes, scribbles and opinions all over it. I obviously needed to make it into more of a “story” instead of narrating through it.
So I return to the manuscript and started with chapter one changing everything from past tense to present tense. Let me tell you, this was a major undertaking in itself.
Six months later I get the manuscript back saying maybe it should be narrated more.
What? Are you kidding me? I decide to leave it the way it is.
I’ve asked a few good friends that I trust to read it and give me their opinions. Grammar needs to be fixed. Sentence structure needs revising.
I never claimed to be an English scholar or journalist.
I looked into finding an editor to assist me only to find out they cost a LOT of money.
I don’t have that kind of money! I just wanted to tell my story.
Research tells me that writing query letters to publishing companies can be time-consuming and could take years before hearing back from them. So maybe I should self publish.
I chose createspace to download my manuscript and soon learned to navigate around to build my book cover (which I am quite proud of.)
So now I am stuck.
What do I do now? wait until I can pay for an editor? That will be a mighty long time. Close my eyes and hit “publish?” Mistakes and all?
I’ve gone too far to quit now, I’ve got to finish this project.
How do you authors write, edit, publish and print your books in such a short time frame? Three and a half years is WAY to long for me. HELP!
Suggestions? Anyone? Encouragement maybe? Ho hum….
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