Writing Books/Editing and re-writing...
I have written about 3/4 of my first novel, and am finding myself thinking about how to edit and re-write it once I have finished. It may be putting the cart before the horse, but I think my mind might be eased a little if I can find some rough answers to my question.
I don' know any authors, or professionals that I could have read, edit, and critique my story. However, I do have some family and associates that are intelligent and that do quite a bit of reading (funny how those attributes go together, isn't it?) who have indicated that they would be more than happy to read my story.
My question is whether or not that would be enough, and if it would be worth my time to have a professional edit as well.
The book I am writing is fiction. The story is about Keith, a 21 year-old physicist that is awakened to the hidden world of demons, and the hungry beings they use to hunt mankind.
Congratulations on having reached the 3/4 point!
Now, as to the editing and rewriting. The only opinions you should pay any attention to are those of a professional editor, agent, or publisher.
For example, what will you do if one of your family or associates says, "It needs more character development," or "The structure is all wrong," or "Your plot seems weak." Will they be able to also tell you how to fix those things? Will you know how to fix them yourself? Do you know what makes an alive, memorable character or a strong plot? These are the things you will want to know. Don't listen to anyone's opinion unless they can tell you not only what's wrong but how to fix it (that's me).
I suggest you go to my website at http://www.susanrand.vpweb.com/
and check out my mentoring program. I think that is just what you need. I also suggest you stop writing until you find out how a novel should be written to knock the socks off that agent or publisher. That's just a suggestion, of course, and you can ignore it if you wish. If you are absolutely driven, go ahead and finish - at least you'll have a first draft!
I hope this helps. If it does, a nice rating would be greatly appreciated. I am proud of my high scores over 1900 questions.
And good luck with your writing!