I've finally got eyes on The Paladin. It's still a little nerve-wracking, but it's an important step. So while I'm waiting on initial beta reviews of the work, I figured it was a good time to go over the next step in my plan.
From here I need to remove a much beloved scene or five. I have to get that word count down because there's little confidence from publishers in new authors. Obviously, once I'm rich and famous and The Paladin has a movie franchise, television show, and best-selling series of video games, I can write 500,000 word novels and they'll publish them in an instant. Until that obviously inevitable day, I need to chop down my book.
After the Purge, I'll need to do a final edit. Look for typos and format issue. Fix up some minor issues with clarity and add any changes I want. Then comes a tough decision. Professional edit or no? No, if money was no object, then of course I'd do it. Unfortunately editing is expensive. And it's not like I can blame the people that are doing the work. They're charging extremely fair amounts, but it's by volume. As it stands, and I know I've mentioned this before, the average rate to edit my novel, just a basic edit mind you, is around $3000. Gah...
So... likely I'll have to forgo that. I honestly just don't have the money. So from there, it'll be off to the agents. There are the people that will connect me with the publishers and then, it's off to famous author-hood. Obviously. So I need to find the right agents, preferably someone who's just started taking on clients, someone who's hungry to make things work for their client. Though, let's be honest, anyone who believe in my work will do for me.
I say all that as if I'm going to have agents fighting over my work. Right now it's totally a buyers market. I'm tossing my novel out into a sea of manuscripts, all clamoring for these agents' attention. So the key is to research my potential agents, make sure I meet their criteria and follow ALL their submission guidelines... and then hope and wait.
I suppose in the meantime, while waiting on agents, I can focus on short stories and getting some writing credentials from winning contents. Not sure what else. I guess just... writing? And writing. And writing!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.