An excellent quality of writing and materials were a huge deal to me. First, I secured a quality and experienced but reasonably priced editor. Alice Sullivan was highly recommended by respected friends in the industry and she immediately proved invaluable. Alice is a free-lance editor who respected my writing style and voice while maintaining a high standard of grammar, readability and organization of content. If you desire a quality book, this step absolutely cannot be taken for granted.
For example, at the climax of a torrid editing pace that lasted several weeks, I received a call from Alice questioning me about the last chapter. She felt that it did not fit the context and “feel” of the book, and suggested that I delete the entire chapter and completely rewrite it. I cannot adequately describe the amount of work I had poured into that chapter, and the feelings of emotion that welled up during that conversation. I decided to sleep on it and seek a very successful writer friend’s advice. He gently told me to always listen to my editor. I did and the book is far better for it. It was the right call – not easy – but right. A seasoned editor is a must.
I also researched the standard font utilized by most publishers, realized that Times New Roman would label me a novice and subsequently went for a 11.5 Georgia font. Very readable and it was obviously the standard choice by most publishers. I’m happy I did so.
Tomorrow, the amazing but true graphic design story.