The family and I moved houses Saturday. Well, we moved over the span of the entire weekend, but the big stuff was Saturday, and that’s when I comfortably took a seat on the bench.
If there is anything in this world that is really worth the money, it’s professional movers. I’ve moved a dozen times, and helped others moved, and each time it was a dreadful affair. In later years, it was painful, and now it is closer to dangerous. The first time I hired anyone professional though, it was awkward. I felt bad for not helping.
“I’m not royalty,” I thought. “How can I just sit idly by while these men carry my couch?”
Then I would pick something up, a moderately heavy something, and I’d stack it into the truck with Tetris mastery. That felt better, but also wrong.
“Why am I hurting myself when I’ve paid to have others carry my burdens?”
No more. I’m approaching 40 and I’m comfortable with the business arrangement of mover and movee. Now I sip coffee and point.
When I think about reaching the end of my book, and crossing into phases of editing, publication, and marketing, I have to acknowledge that I can’t do all the heavy lifting myself. There are professionals out there who know so much more than me. They have the experience that I may never acquire, and I shouldn’t try and take on tasks which will produce inferior results.
I’m close to finishing my first draft. I’m in chapter 10 of 12. I will do an initial series of edits myself, but afterwards I’ll be seeking an actual editor. There are of course different types of editing: substantive, copy, and proofreading. I assume I’ll need help in each category, but I know nothing about how to find them, vet them, and how much time or money it will take until a product is finalized. I know price is a concern for many, and for some I’ve read that they only pay to have the first few chapters polished. I suppose I’ll make that call when I get there, but it seems that a first book should be given the most care and support.
It’s difficult not to get ahead of myself. Even this morning I was making notes on my next book and I’m not done with this one yet. I have to keep my head down and focus on the phase at hand. There are miles to go, but I will just worry about this next step. Eventually all these steps will get me where I’m going.
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