Getting Started

The photo above is the top of Lower Bertha Falls, which you pass on the way up to Bertha Lake. Bertha Lake is shown on my “About” page.

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Last August, I finished my first novel. Since then, I’ve reread it twice. The first read-through took me three months. The second, a month. I finished the second read-through on 23 December 2016.

I’m going to come back to it for two more read-throughs starting on 23 March 2017. I hope the three-month hiatus will help me be a little more objective in my final editing.

Between now and then, I intend to learn as much as I can about self-publishing. My first step was to download a number of manuals about self-publishing. That downloading resulted, of course, in phone calls from the various companies who’d posted them. I haven’t read any yet, but I’ve sure learned lots from the people who phoned me.

The immediate problem, I’ve discovered, is that my novel, which is 245,432 words, is a way too long. The Writer’s Digest quite clearly states, I was told, that a first novel almost unequivocally must be between 80,000 and 110,000 words. You have to earn the right to go longer than that. One example they use is J.K. Rowling. She started out with two shorter novels, and only then did she dare to go longer.

The other problem is cost. If I paid for proofreading (1.5 cents per word) and copy editing (2.5 cents per word) and structural editing (3.9 cents per word), which one of the companies that contacted me charges, I’d be looking at 7.9 cents per word x 245,432 words = $19,380.13. But surely that can’t be. I must have a faulty calculator.

And even if I did pay that $19,380.13, all I’d have is an edited manuscript.

Wow!

OK, so now what?

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