Wearing all the hats–author, editor, proofreader, cover artist, publisher–is hard. My friend says I’m being hard on myself. The trouble is I went into writing my novel, Oracle, wanting it to exceed expectations for a self-published novel, especially since I’ve always gotten the impression that the publishing industry and reading audiences tend to think and operate as if self-published work is of low quality and its writers have low standards.
Oracle is a really great story and I’m in the process of editing the novel for Wattpad, Pressbooks, and print. If I could pay an editor, I’d have one, trust me. I know typos can take away from reading a perfectly good book and I am the type of writer who cringes at typos and grammatical errors. So as I read through Oracle again in printed format, I’m finding errors I never noticed before, along with things I’d just rather change. I was so excited about participating the 2019 National Black Book Festival that I may have printed the book before it was totally ready. At least that’s how it feels in retrospect.
I am trying not to be hard on myself, but I won’t be satisfied until I know I’ve done as good a job editing as I can so that this novel is the best reading experience possible.