You hardly notice the word count ticking up as you type, until you can’t ignore it anymore. You finished your manuscript and you are now saddled with 140,000 words that not even your mother has time to read. You can already see your bank account draining with the cost of editing your behemoth.
Since denying your manuscript’s length won’t shorten the editing process, Harrison’s advice will help you find the best route for your book. He asks: does this manuscript have to be one book? Dividing your manuscript into manageable drafts, if possible, will decrease the time and cost required to edit. But this doesn’t work for everyone. If your manuscript is definitely one book, evaluate whether you’re overwriting. As Harrison puts it, “Sometimes a big word count comes not from excess of story, but simply excess of words.”
For more helpful advice for authors looking reduce the cost of hiring a developmental editor and copyeditor for your long manuscript, head over to Harrison’s guest post at Helping Writers Become Authors. And don’t miss out on the exclusive deal offered, now through June 30!
Harrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than two dozen published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. He is an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners. He’s part of The Writer’s Ally team as a developmental editor of fiction and memoir, for which he’s currently accepting new clients.