As I anxiously await the arrival of my printed book, I can't believe how much has happened to get to this point. It's not that I had any pre-conceived notions of all the bridges that I would have to cross, but rather, it was the lack of realization of the amount of effort and length of time it would take to cross them.
Of course, as a novice book writer, there was a huge learning curve. I am happy to say that I was smart enough to acknowledge that I could definitely benefit from enlisting a guide on this journey. I chose Lauren Taylor Shute with LTS Editorial. (Check her out on her web site at www.laurentaylorshute.com )
I approached this developmental editor with much trepidation along with a very rough draft of my story. Lauren was adept at pointing out so many things along the way that I surely would have missed on my own, such as how to strengthen characters, plot structure and how to produce a clean manuscript.
The many references and resources she provided were like a flashlight whose beams illuminated my story's direction. When I faltered, Lauren was encouraging and patient with me. She was the main reason I did not give up, along with my husband, Tom, of course.
The writing journey can be a long one, so choose wisely who you take with you. It can make a difference between drifting aimlessly off the path or following it to your end goal.