Stuck in a writing rut

@KristenH (21113)
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
January 2, 2017 2:15pm CST
Remember I've told you about one agent asked for a Revise and Resubmit for Venom last November? Though she liked the concept and plot, she said it needed a lot of work. She did agree to a R&R, if I hired a professional editor. Well, I've heard back from that small pub on the full for Venom over this weekend. Other than some minor grammar errors, they've asked for a R&R and wanted me to work on characterization and dialogue. But overall, it was a good evaluation for Venom with some potential to make it awesome. Now I'm stuck in a writing rut, so to speak. I'm going to try to hire an editor this month, if my brother agrees to it with my Upwork money. And if not, I'll send it through Grammarly for grammar errors and run it through my online crit list for feedback to work on those issues for free. So close and yet so far on this bumpy long road to publication....
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@DWDavis (10916)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 Jan 17
I congratulate you on your persistence in following the more traditional path to publication. I hope all your effort brings you much success. I self-publish, but put my manuscripts through a three-layered editorial reading and proofreading process before my editor ever sees it. Over the years I think I've spent more time revising than writing the original manuscript.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2 Jan 17
Thanks DW. I've been editing Venom for about six years now, maybe a bit more. I just want an offer on a silver-plated tray with a YES on it. This is the equivalent of being short-listed in contests and never advancing to the final round.
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@Corbin5 (84900)
• United States
2 Jan 17
Hiring an editor would make things much easier on you, but you do have a plan in place just in case. Wishing you the best of luck with this work.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2 Jan 17
Thanks Deborah. I just have to convince my brother for the go-ahead and receive a general edit sheet to help me out from an editor. Maybe we'll celebrate here later this year if all pans out in the long end.
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@Corbin5 (84900)
• United States
3 Jan 17
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
@Corbin5 I'll find out a way somehow.
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@divalounger (2267)
• United States
2 Jan 17
Good luck Kristin--such a long road! Hang in there!
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2 Jan 17
I'm trying. I feel like I'm on a yo-yo or a roller coaster ride. Up, down and around.
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• United States
2 Jan 17
@KristenH And I thought publishing poetry was difficult!
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
@divalounger I've been there so long ago. That's harder too.
@suziecat7 (3455)
• Asheville, North Carolina
2 Jan 17
I also self-publish as DW Davis does. Good luck and hang in there.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
2 Jan 17
Hey Suzie. I'm trying. I might self-pub somewhere down the road as I'm in limbo over here.
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@Deepizzaguy (8340)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
3 Jan 17
I know what you mean. I am more comfortable writing Wordgirl fan fictions on Archive Of Our Own and Devianart since my editor of my scripts had to censor the use of the words "Batgirl" the phrase "Lose the booze" and the words "Fun Bunch". How about that? I told him to jump into the Chagres River if he did not like it.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Ouch! I wonder why.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
4 Jan 17
@Deepizzaguy Ohh I see.
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• Lake Charles, Louisiana
4 Jan 17
@KristenH I basically told Rainy Day Studios that they will have to be happy with my fan fictions if they are so sensitive to plugs from me to my favorite heroes.
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@kevin1877uk (36270)
4 Jan 17
I hope you get here soon, put it through Grammarly first although at times it doesn't pick out all that is wrong, when I use it anyway, but it helps he no end.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
5 Jan 17
Me too. Good idea. It would help me out with the easy stuff and leave the editing to an editor or my online crit list to tackle the rest.
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@kevin1877uk (36270)
5 Jan 17
@KristenH Yeah it would be.
@Gillygirl (15683)
• Sutton, England
5 Jan 17
Good luck and I hope you get issues sorted out. I've used Grammarly it is very good but doesn't pick every error out.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
5 Jan 17
I agree. I'm just getting used to it. I also do use it for proofing Upwork assignment before I hit submit. Me too.
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@LoriAMoore (9797)
• United States
4 Jan 17
Grammarly only provides proofreading. Editing is critical.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
4 Jan 17
Yep. It's more expensive than proofreading for errors.
@Jessicalynnt (47938)
• Centralia, Missouri
3 Jan 17
you have been really sticking to this, I admire that.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Thanks Jekca. It's what keeps me hanging on by a very thin thread.
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@JudyEv (103532)
• Bunbury, Australia
3 Jan 17
Good luck with this. I can imagine it is a long, hard trail.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Thanks Judy. Yes it is. A lot of bumps and twisty turns and steep hills.
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@PatZAnthony (11891)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
3 Jan 17
Hope this all works out for you soon!
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Thanks. I deserve a break from rejections and need a much-deserved reward.
@TRBRocks420 (64286)
• Banks, Oregon
3 Jan 17
Hope you get out of the rut here soon.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Thanks TR. Me too.
• United States
2 Jan 17
Good luck with everything. I've never tried anything quite as ambitious, although many years ago I did get 3 freelance humor articles published in the Sunday NY Times Connecticut section.
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@KristenH (21113)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
3 Jan 17
Thanks Linda. That's something. Godo for you!
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@just4him (95723)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jan 17
I hope you can get it edited and revised as needed so it will be accepted for publication.
@DianneN (62652)
• United States
3 Jan 17
These final steps sound more annoying rather than difficult. Best of luck to you!
@mom210 (5951)
• Atlanta, Georgia
3 Jan 17
I hope this all works out for ya, good luck