After submitting my novel, The Alberta Connection, a Ryce Dalton novel, to Amazon and CreateSpce without any positive results, I recently pulled the novel and submitted it to what might be considered a hybrid publisher. Unlike my first publisher, who did absolutely nothing to help me become a better author, this publisher designed my cover and submitted the novel to an editor.
A couple days ago, I got the edited copy. I must admit that I opened the file with great trepidation. Had all the time I spent searching the Internet for answers to my writing questions been worth it? Had I learned anything in those months? I knew the first four books I had written were not worth the paper they were printed on, but had I overcome some of the mistakes writers make? And, I had an author friend assist me in the initial editing of the novel (the friend was the one who recommended most of the changes I made to how I wrote).
When I submitted the novel to the publishing company, I was asked if I was comfortable with the editing that had been done, or would I allow my novel to be professionally edited. I thought it was a good novel, but I was also interested in seeing how a pro would evaluate it.
When I finally started looking at the editing, I was amazed, perhaps even flabbergasted. The vast majority of mistakes were simply adding a comma where one was not needed. There were five instances where the editor did not understand what I was saying, and requested it be rewritten for clarification.
I have reported on my research within these pages. And now, I can report that it appears all of the research has actually assisted me in becoming a better author. I don’t know if I am a good author, yet, but I am a better author than I was a year ago. If The Alberta Connection, a Ryce Dalton novel becomes a success, perhaps I can some day report I am a good author.