I’ve written a love novel concerning a teenage boy and his beautiful English teacher. I know that’s controversial, and I’m not really looking forward to the controversy, but it was the story that was inside me, and I needed to write it. With the book, I examine most of all what is right, and what is wrong. In the end, I find the love of my two main characters to be what is most right, and that is the main point I try to make with the book.
My problem, after writing such a sensitive, wonderful novel, was the editing. I hired a friend, and she’s pretty good, to do my first edit. She returned my manuscript with so many red lines that I thought it was a Christmas tree. I reread the manuscript for about the tenth time, and I changed about half of what she had corrected. Since then, I’ve thought and thought about her suggestions. That’s the beauty of indie publishing. The writer doesn’t have to follow the editor’s suggestions. I have to add that she made a lot of capitalization corrections, and she was wrong about almost all of them. That slowed me down going through the manuscript.
Since then, I’ve given my manuscript to a friend who has a degree in English literature. I’m waiting for her comments before I begin my more serious corrections. The truth is that a writer should not expect an editor to like his or her book. The editor would not be helping them by falsely flattering them. But the editor may not be in tune with the book. So my advice is don’t give up.” Keep trying and trying, and eventually you’ll achieve what you set out to do.