I’m an indie author. I write a series of books called “What Zombies Fear“. The biggest problem for indie authors is a lack of good editors. Finding an editor has been a battle, one I’m glad to have won.
When I wrote my first book, I made a horrible mistake. The mistake was in thinking that no one would read it. When it was finished, I published it to amazon for $2, and said to my friend “If 10 people buy it, I’ll be able to call myself a published author.”
The first day I sold 35 copies, and that’s when what i’d done dawned on me. I had a piece of literature (term used VERY loosely!!) out there in the world, for sale, with my name on it. And it was full of typos.
I didn’t have any money, and I was buried trying to keep up the writing schedule I’d created for myself, but I tried to edit it myself. After spending four hours on the first chapter, which I’d completely re-written, and which was now worse than it had been when I started, I knew I was going to have to have some help.
I asked some friends to read it, but only one did. She gave me a ton of great feeedback, which I implemented, as well as her proofreading.
A few weeks went by, with more 5 star reviews about what a great story it is, and a few 1 star reviews that I REALLY needed an editor. My very first royalty check from Amazon was paid to a proofreader, who sent me an edited document. Except I realized after I paid she only fixed like 15 things. And there were hundreds and hundreds of typos. (Not SO bad out of 70,000 words to have 200 typos!)
Finally, I met Doree Ann and Susan McSherry over at Horror Zedits and Last Writes. They’re a small indie editorial company, just for indie authors like me. They’re amazing. The two of them edited my book, charged me only $150. Since the second round of edits by Doree and Susan, I haven’t received a single rating lower than 4 stars on my book, and my last 21 reviews in a row have been 5 stars.
Before I worked with them I had a great story. It was told well, and at best mediocre writing. Since they joined my team, my novel is doing amazing things, and I have them to thank.