Mari book is finally done, or at least written I should say. Now starts the editing process. It seems I could go through the book 100 times and find something wrong each and every time. However, to have it really edited so it a great book, I know I need to go to a professional editor to have that done. So I went searching singing all the way, “A searching we will go, a searching we will go, hi ho the search-e-o, a searching we will go.”
I did a Google search and ended up coming across this website that is basically a referral service to free lance writers. I ultimately received three responses from my inquiry. The first one was from this guy. I don’t think he even took the time to read through my sample that I sent. Then the email he sent was basically a form letter and quoted me 6 cents per word to edit it. I was like, “YEAH RIGHT!” I mean, if he couldn’t even give me the proper time of day except to go through his credentials and basically send the same type of email to all prospective clients then I knew he was not the person I would go with.
The third email was better than the first as she actually address some of my book but it still did not feel very personal. However, she was charging only 2 cents per word which was a far cry better than the other guy at six.
Now, you may have noticed that I skipped over the second email. I did that because of the email she sent. Here is what she wrote:
I wanted to let you know immediately that I just received your materials.
Thanks so much for contacting our editors.
I’m on your website right now, listening to the song — and weeping at the first glance of your beautiful daughter.
I can’t begin to express my sympathy. I know all too well what grief is, having lost my sister, who was my best friend.
As an author too, I have been writing about her in one way or another for many years. It helps it helps it helps.
But I do not think for a moment I know a mother’s grief. It is remarkable to me that you have done so much already.
Please allow me to look at your sample and get back to you soonest with my thoughts on Through Her Eyes.
For me this was like, “WOW!” I felt connected right away. I wrote back saying I was looking forward to hearing back from her.