Please explain that nuclear bomb to me. I just don't get it. Sure, I understand as writers that we have to have a second pair of eyes on our works. It's a simple science that since we have looked at the manuscript for such a long period of time we are not going to catch what a fresh pair of eyes are going to catch. But does it have to be almost 1,000 dollars to get those kind of repairs fixed?
Yes, I've seen editors that cost that high. The lowest I have see so far range in the 200 dollar range. Some even add student discounts, which seems logical but most don't. It's almost like we have to pay extra because we are not in the traditional publishing business and we don't get the hey I know you rate. We get the stick 'em with sticker shock rate.
I just can't believe I would pay the same price for an iPad 2 and for editing services. I know it's worth it, but goodness gracious my pocket book screams at some of the estimates I got as a college student. It's like, "Good Lord, do you want me to move into my apartment next year broke?! Do you want me to just turn off the electricity while I'm at it?!"
I understand that their time and effort is valuable. I totally do. I don't charge for my editing services, but heck if I could make almost a thousand dollars every time I edit something like I do, then good Lord. I would have enough for rent every month plus.
And I know there are reasonable offers out there. Some actually understand that as a college student I can't pay almost a thousand dollars to edit ONE of my books. Maybe if they edited five of my books, I wouldn't be so frustrated, but just for ONE which the book is pretty small. It doesn't even hit the 150's in page numbers.
Do they know that the economical state that we are in right now? As a country of capitalism?
So all of this to say: I want to edit my book. I know it needs work. But I don't think it's worth almost a thousand dollars to just get it straight. Maybe 300, I could see, but not almost a thousand bucks. It just seems ridiculous to me for that amount of money that I would spend on that, I could literally pay for a couple of days in a hotel. Ridiculous.
End of rant. :)