I’ve hit that point in editing where no matter how much I change, nothing seems good enough. I’ve read, rewritten, and changed countless things countless times, and as the release date grows nearer, I can’t help but question whether or not this book will be ready, or even readable by the time it is scheduled to release. I’ve considered changing the release date to give myself more time, but I feel like changing the date now will make it easier to stop working on it and become complacent.
I know this is something all writers go through, but I still can’t help but question whether or not it will be a decently written book in the end. I love the story, but I feel like my writing is just not quite there yet.
My question for all of you right now is this. Would you be willing to give me some feedback on the book? I am considering posting the current version of the first chapter on the blog for people to read, and I am looking for anything that you may have to say about it. I never claimed to be an amazing writer, or that this book is will perfectly written, but I do want it to at least be presentable when I publish it. That’s still two months away, which still gives me two months to make more changes if need be.
I’m asking for comments on the first chapter, anything that might help me get it to where it needs to be before publishing. Unfortunately hiring an editor is just not realistic for me right now, despite some editors being much cheaper than others. I realize that in itself is already a risk, but I am so critical of my own work that I have cut nearly half the book to tighten the story, as well as completely rewriting whole chapters already. I am not afraid of the work involved in making a better version of what I have already, I would just like some outside perspective.
I only plan on sharing the first chapter, and if I do not hear any word from anyone on this post, I will wait until I have the final edits done before I post it. So please, please, PLEASE let me know if you are willing to help me out with this so I know whether to post the chapter now or later.
Any help is very much appreciated right now, as I feel like I’m editing myself in circles. Thanks in advance, guys, seriously. This has been eating at me, and I haven’t been able to get feedback from my beta readers just yet who are reading the whole book.