When it comes to time and money how do you decide...

United States
September 30, 2009 7:36am CST
Which is worth it? I mean I have 2 books I have written that I seriously have to edit more but at the same time I need money now and doing surveys has proven to earn some income (along with here when I have time) where as who knows if the book will pay off and when.. Do I work on something that may not pay off or will take who knows how long to pay off or do I work on surveys and stuff I can do that will give me cash NOW that I need? I'm in turmoil about it! I hate putting it off (my book) but at the same time I don't need to be stressed about money either and surveys take all my time it seems... Any advice from the writers out there? I could try to split my time but I haven't had much time to be on the computer as is much less enough for all the surveys and my book. I was getting help from my best friend but she's busy working and her laptop broke so that ended that pretty much and both my books are very long. Oh and hiring an editor is out of the question since i have no money for it.
4 responses
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
30 Sep 09
I'd say that you should be looking for a literary agent, moon. First-time writers almost never get published without an agent. They cost nothing to "hire". Actually, they take you on as a client if they think your book has merit. They'd be the best to give you a good idea of how well your book will do. Contact agents. Send them an outline or first few chapters of your book(s). If they like it, they will take you on as a client. They take a percentage of what you make on the book (usually 10%). They find the publisher, the editor comes from the publisher's end so you don't have to worry about that at all. All pre-press stuff is the responsibility of the publisher. I know. I worked in pre-press for 20 years. So, that is what I think you should do. Concentrate your time on your surveys and online stuff while letting the agent do the legwork for you. Your first step should be to find a literary agent. There is a magazine called the Literary Guild Magazine that lists agents. That should be available at your local library. You could probably find them online, too. (I've never tried to find one online so I'm just assuming here.) They list what types of books they represent so you'll know which ones to contact. GOOD LUCK!!!
• United States
1 Oct 09
yeah i know i have to have an agent but no agent will touch something that isnt edited well and with all my english blunders they would throw it away! i asked a writers community once because i thought agents helped you get editors and they all said i had to have it perfect then get an agent =(
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Well, all I can say is that I worked with editors in a company that did pre-press. Our company was hired by publishers to "clean up" the writing before getting it ready to print. The editors check out all facts and footnotes to make sure they are correct and in their proper place. Copy editors get it next to ensure that each word used is the correct word. Then, the proofreaders get it to make sure everything is spelled correctly. I know, I was a proofreader. We did medical textbooks and journals and you wouldn't believe some of the errors the writers made! If you are going to self-publish, it's up to you to ensure that everything is correct and what you have printed is a "clean copy", meaning no errors. Aside from you getting that agent, I'd say that you'll have to figure out how much time you can reasonably spend on the book each day and make sure you do it. It may take awhile but it will get done if you keep at it. I wish you much luck with it!
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• United States
7 Oct 09
i am def not self publishing.. known too many people that do that and it never goes anywhere and a lot of stores wont carry some self published books
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
4 Oct 09
i know this may sound tedious.. but what if you set aside 30 min to an hour a day.. or focus on X amount of pages for the week?? im sure somehow you'll manage to finish editing it in that manner. You might say that would take forever.. well.. doing it slowly means it'll get done eventually.. not doing anything wont get you anywhere at all! stick with what is earning you cash. and try to set aside some time or a sort of goal of what you want to get done for the week/month when it comes to your books... good luck with it all!
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• United States
7 Oct 09
yeah thats what i really should do
@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
9 Oct 09
Well mythman if you noticed i didnt say drop the book ;) i said a good idea is to set some time aside for it... the book as you said is recurring income which is right on the money (sorry for the cliche) but time is an issue so instead of dropping one or the other... putting some time into the book is a whole heck better than dropping it altogether ;) heck i'd be willing to help lol... if possible i'd be more than happy! lol
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• Canada
1 Oct 09
Is there a university, or some place near you? Why not find a student who wants to go into business as an editor, to do it for you pro bono? This way you don't have to pay then, you don't have to take time away from your own earning endeavours AND the person who edits it for you gets to put something valuable on their resume under "experience." You can also give them a good reference.
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• United States
1 Oct 09
how would i go about trying to find some one to do that? i have vandy and a few other colleges in nashville so its just a matter of knowing how to ask and who.. any ideas?
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Why not find a student who wants to go into business as an editor, to do it for you pro bono? OMG what a GREAT idea!
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
1 Oct 09
Well....if it werent for the fact tha you need money NOW I would say continue on with the book but since you are stressing for cash right now I would make the fast payout things top priority and work on your book when yu have the spare time ya know....
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• United States
7 Oct 09
yeah thats what im thinking