Posted By John Poindexter

When I first started writing and wanting to be published, I kept running into articles that expressed the fact that you must have your work edited by a professional. I sat down one summer and for ten hours a day for five days I wrote the story I wanted to write. Then I thought, I will edit it and see how it does.  I sent my queries to several publishers and a few agents, getting rejection after rejection.

 

I decided it was time to polish it some more and then send out again. This time I found an agent that said it was good, but rough and needed a professional editor to go over it. If I was willing to pay the thousand dollar fee, he would consider it again after the editing.

Being a new writer and having no knowledge of how things worked I decided to go for it, even though that was a lot of money as I was just starting a new career after leaving the military. When I received it back, I fixed the errors they had marked and sent it out to agents again saying this time it had been to the Edit Ink editor and rewritten based on his edits. Not one of them bothered to stop laughing long enough to let me know that Edit Ink was a Scam Artist that stole people‘s money and didn’t really help a writer at all.  Finally, it came out that Edit Ink and several other agencies like it were Scam Artist and were ripping people off for large sums of money.

 

One state even went as far as to sue the owners of Edit Ink and a couple of other places, and even though the court awarded the authors compensation I and others never received a cent. Now we have the Internet and there are still Scam Artists out there. You have to really check out the people you want to work with or you too will lose your money.

One place to go is Preditors and Editors and see what they have to say about agents, publishers, etc. Their website is located at http://pred-ed.com/ .  They will list if it is a good company or agent to work with or not.

 

Even with this, you need to be careful and really check out who you choose to work with by asking for references and authors they represent. If they are honest they will give you the names to ask about their relationship. All I can say is read, read and read some more. The more you learn about the business of writing, the better prepared you will be when it is time to go looking for an agent.

 

I have read quite a bit about several agents and publishers via social media sites and other material. I am impressed with several agents that I hope to pitch in the future. I will be grateful if I can get one of these to work with me toward publishing my novels.

 

What have been your experiences?  Please leave a comment. 

 
2 Comment(s):
John said...
Thanks for the nice comment and advice. Yes that was a rough thing to talk about as I still get upset even today thinking about it. My wife said she was surprised that I shared that info. But, I hope that it will make someone pay closer attention and learn more about the process before accepting the first thing that comes along.
August 10, 2010 09:40:49
 
dirtywhitecandy said...
John, what a dreadful experience. How brave of you to share this story, others will greatly appreciate it. I'd say, if you look for an editor, notice what questions they ask you. Good signs are if they ask you closely about your project - not everyone will connect with every type of novel. An editor who prefers romantic romps will not necessarily be the right critic for a steely thriller (although they may be; many are versatile).
August 10, 2010 06:38:25
 
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