Committed—Self-publishing Part 5: Last Stop Before the judgement

Next edit is the final stop before the reading that will either recommend the book to the Editorial Board for acceptance into the Special Recognitions program with an Editor’s Choice designation—or not.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of *A Perfect Blindness*

But not in the way Developmental Editor suggested. Nor in a way anyone could have imagined.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of *A Perfect Blindness*

at the same time as cutting out 25 plus percent of the text, all in a book I felt completely burned out on.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

ended by suggesting a ‘book doctor’.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

I was burned out on it. I had several other ideas I wanted to move on to.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

this forces a gut check: a clear eyed evaluation of the writer’s true commitment and the book’s realistic possibilities of selling enough copies to, at least, break even.

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

Then, I got a humbling summary evaluation of my manuscript:

Going it Mostly Alone: the Publishing Path of A Perfect Blindness

I had a simple choice: stick to my artistic guns and refuse to remove the subterfuge and find another publisher, or revise

Going it Mostly Alone: The Path to Print of A Perfect Blindness

if they can’t print the book because of this, they can keep my deposit and we’ll go our separate ways.

Going it Mostly Alone: self-publishing A Perfect Blindness

my contact at iUniverse had understood my position well enough after our call to not have wasted my time even offering them.

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