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Your Story is finished. Now what?

You’ve written a story. You’re very satisfied with it. Congratulations. Now, what are you going to do with it? You can do one of two things.
One: You can put it in a pile of other stories you have written and love. There are plenty of writers out there who do this. their work never comes out in the open for people to see.
Two: You can start to send it out to get published. Easy enough, right? Not necessarily. And here’s the really crucial part of Writing. Ready?
Your story is not done until the Editor tells you it’s done. They are what stand between you and the satisfaction of having your work published. This is where writers get themselves in trouble all too often. The Editor is not the Enemy. He wants to get your story published almost as much as you do. Whatever suggestions they make to fix the story so that they will buy it, do them. It’s that simple. Yes, you can discuss it with them and maybe, just maybe they will compromise a bit. But don’t let Ego get in the way of a sale, and maybe a long relationship with an Editor who is on your side.

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I don’t fully agree with this. An editor is an ally, but they’re not the endgame in publishing. Writing is completely subjective; you can put your work in front of 5 different editors and get 5 different suggested changes to the work. The point should be to listen to the editor without getting defensive and understand what they are trying to tell you. In many cases, an editor’s suggestions will make a story better. But if the writer isn’t comfortable with the suggestions being made, there’s nothing forcing them to accept them. While that may hurt the writer’s chances of being published with some publishers, at the end of the day, the writer needs to be happy and comfortable with the finished product their name is attached to.

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It’s a vicious cycle. Yes, you want to be happy with the results for your work. But you also would like to have success with that work, which is being published.
While there are many more avenues to publishing these days than ever before, your best bet to quality publishing is still through an Editor.
While you can publish your work at Kindle, that’s not nearly the same thing as getting published by Random House. Not by a long shot. Kindle is an excellent stepping stone toward the Big Show, and I’m not saying it’s not of value. It’s closer to Vanity Press type publishing, in that you can put anything out on Kindle and it doesn’t have to be any good at all. Kindle will publish anything short of porn or ultra-violence, so there’s no editing for value or content happening unless the author does it themselves.