Ahh, editing. The joy of giving your lovely baby that you’ve slaved and worked so hard to make as perfect as possible to someone else and paying them to tell you how much it sucks.

Hire an editor. I almost didn’t for my first book. An established author friend of mine told me to find the money somehow. If I didn’t, I would regret it. I told my family I wanted cash for Christmas, sold some old crap of mine on ebay and hired an editor.

Best decision I ever made.

I thought my story was pretty good. Whipped into shape.

I was wrong. My editor taught me so much about what writing a good story entails. About not only the craft but the mechanics and grammar of writing. Things I thought I knew.

My author friend told me to think of hiring an editor as paying for an education. He was right. I learned a frightening amount. The best thing is – it made my book better and it made my writing better.

So hire an editor.

This really is the one place you kinda can’t scrimp.

“But Conrad,” you say, “I really don’t have the cash.”

“You’re a writer. Write.” There are literally dozens of places you can go to make some extra money online to pay for the things you need. It won’t be pleasant, it won’t be easy. But it’s using the one talent you believe you have in order to make your dream come true.

“But I don’t have the time, Conrad.”

Okay. Then don’t do it. Self-edit your first manuscript, have your Aunt Martha give it a once over and press “Publish”.

Pretty much guarantee you’re not going to like the result. Or the one-star ratings.

Nick Loper at Side Hustle Nation has lots of info about how to make extra money. Some you can do, some you can’t. But I am confident if you take a good hard look, you’ll find some ways to make enough extra money to fund your editing.

And if you still think you can’t, perhaps I can direct you over to Uncle Vic. He’ll have a few choice words for you that can whip you into shape. My favorite?

Come to me in person and say “I just don’t know what I want, I can’t succeed because of XYZ..” and I will slap your stupid face for you, free of charge.”

– Victor Pride, Bold and Determined