Editorial comments from Chasing Nonconformity (Part 1)

One of my favourite parts of writing – the reader response! Here with some amusing examples from Michelle Proulx’s trusted reader, her mother.

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I am happy to announce that my editor (i.e. my mother) has returned the latest draft of Chasing Nonconformity back to me, full of comments and ready for revisions! Upon going through said comments, I found some of them quite amusing, and thought I might share them with you here today. This is part 1 of the images — part 2 will be posted tomorrow — so make sure to come back and see the second half of her excellent and insightful commentary. Also make sure to check out the caption on each photo for context.

Without further ado …

[SPOILER ALERT] The following images contain snippets of text from the Chasing Nonconformity manuscript. Don’t scroll down if you don’t like spoilers!

1403100359594 Mother kindly illustrates a scene for me in order to demonstrate … something.

1403100702299 Mother gets sassy.

1403100977379 Mother gives me her life story at the start of chapter 3.

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5 thoughts on self-publishing

As the notorious (well …) “BE” reaches the end stage of editing, the point of no return, i.e. publication, draws nearer. Soon it’ll be time for my little birdie to leave the nest, to venture out into the world, and meet all its potential readers; to encounter whatever fate awaits it.

The only question is: how?

As a publishing student, I should probably favour the traditional way: agent – publisher – reader. And sure, there is a lot of positives with going through a professional publishing house, not the least in terms of marketing and packaging. If you get picked at all, that is.  The whole gatekeeping, quality control, that this route entails is of course good and necessary, but so many factors play in, especially for a debuting author such as myself.

So then I think … self-publishing intrigues me. It seems exciting. Powerful. Manageable?


My 5 thoughts:

  1. Marketing, promotion etc is a tough nut – to stand out from the masses on e.g. Amazon.
  2. Quality control – should probably get a professional editor to check it.
  3. The freedom! I can be in control of eve-ry-thing (control freak nerve cheers!).
  4. Genre: “BE” is a YA imaginative (think Divergent or Hunger Games) novel – the perfect genre for self-publishing!
  5. Though the market in the US and the UK regard self-published authors a little higher than in Sweden, this general opinion that self-pub novels are “the rejected ones” bugs me. Sure, it’s probably true a lot of the time, but so many factors can turn a publisher’s reply from yes to no so it’s not always directly related to quality.

This is most likely the first of many posts regarding this topic. That I’m painfully indecisive isn’t helping at all. Any thoughts and own experiences one way or the other are more than welcome.

For example: Those of you who are self-pub, what made you decide to go down that route? What are the trap doors? Would you do it any differently?

N.

John Green on YouTube

Hi friends,

I’m back in the blogosphere!

Here, take a golden 11 minutes 18 seconds of author John Green speaking about charming facts about selected children’s books (via mental_floss). I could honestly listen to this man talk (or read his words) for hours upon hours upon hours. Listen now, thank me later.

Quick poll: who’s looking forward to the premiere of the magnificent The Fault in Our Stars? Only a couple of days left! Also check out the super über smooth soundtrack on Spotify!

N.