Publication of Evermore: Call of the Nocturne is moving along quite nicely. After some searching, I have found an editor. Henry Baum, writer of The American Book for the Dead, recommended Erin Stropes (www.kallisti.ca) from Montreal, QC. After reviewing Erin’s work, I have hired her to do a line edit of my manuscript. Needless to say, I have been quite pleased about the quality of work that I have received. I have received her comments on the first few chapters and it is clear that there is still a lot of work that I still need to do. One of the things that digital publishers must do is ensure that the quality of the manuscript is top-notch. One error or poorly-worded phrase and the reader will assume that you are an amateur and close the book. For an independent author to succeed, he or she must provide a superior product than what you would find in stories. Their stories must be more original, their characters must be more interesting, and their prose has to be top-notch. It is for this reason that I made securing an editor a top priority for this manuscript.
A full line edit will set me back about $1200 and will take a couple of months to complete. This will be followed by another couple of months of revisions on my end and then perhaps another edit if it is warranted. It is a lot of money but at the end of the day you are selling quality. If you are not willing to put the investment into your own work, then you are in the wrong line of work.
With the editing process, a 2010 release is still possible but it’s going to be tighter. In the meantime, I will prepare one of my short-stories for release. This will allow to learn the ins-and-outs of digital publishing on a much smaller scale. Stay tuned for more details.