I’m looking for new masterpieces to read, especially in Literary Fiction or Fusion Fiction. These kinds of books can be satisfying to write, but intimidating to edit. Perhaps this post will encourage someone who has sadly shelved a potential masterpiece, in the belief that because professional editing was unaffordable, their great storytelling would never see the light of day.
Writing gurus repeatedly issue august pronouncements, such as, “Professional editing is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.” The perception seems to be that “Indie Author” means “Independently wealthy but foolishly stingy dilettante scribbler.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
The going rate for editing is 1½ to 2 cents (that’s $0.015 to $0.02 USD) per word, paid in advance. Depending on whose counter is used, IrishFirebrands clocks in at 196,131 to 199,230 words. Anyone can do the math, even without a calculator. The editing fee would be on top of three years of writing labor without pay (plus research expenses); and, mind you, this is for a service that bears the caveat that no guarantee or warranty will be made as to the subsequent merchantability of the manuscript.
This writer happens to be a pensioner who is living far below the poverty line, and hiring an editor would…