How I found an editor to edit my book

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I decided early on that throughout the process of writing my book that I was going to work with an editor. But really didn’t know exactly how to do it, just that I wanted to.

For the most part, I did not excel in writing when I was in school. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started writing because I wanted to, and especially a lot more this past year. So I knew I was going to have to get some help from a professional.

After I finished my rough draft and first self-edit of my book, it then struck me.  Where do I look for an editor? How can I trust that the person I am going to work with will have my best interests in mind?

These questions and a bunch of others started to go through my mind.

This is what I did…

I started asking for help. I asked as many people as I could that I thought might have some insight into where I might be able to find an editor.

I think I sent out more than 10 emails and DMs to people in my network, and then I finally got a response.

Someone had a name for me. They even went one step further and introduced them to me through a group email exchange.

I set up some time to chat with the contact I was given and immediately felt like this was going to be a great fit.

How many times do we just try to go it alone because we think that it will give us some sort of badge of honor? Due to the fact that I am stubborn sometimes, I can say more than I should.

This was a great reminder to me that there are people in my world that are willing to help me if I only ask. They won’t know I need help if I don’t ask, and it can’t just be a social media hail Mary ask for help. It needs to be personal and genuine.

What I have found also is that it requires courage to admit we need help. But if you’re reading this right now, just know that you have that courage inside of you, you only need to put your pride aside.

Don’t let your pride get in the way of asking for help from those that are likely more than willing to help you. What thing are you struggling with right now that you could ask for help with?

#courage #myfirstbook #selfpublishing #innerharmony #harmony #ikigai

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