Monday, April 30, 2012

Editor/Encourager/Promoter/Organizer—Where Are You?

multitaskI’ve been thinking about the whole left/right brain thing. The left side is our logical side while the right is our creative side.

Needless to say, writers as a whole seem to be more right brain oriented. On the other hand, editors seem to be left brained.

This is a problem for many who self publish. Some are so right brained that they do not have the ooomph to organize all their tasks properly.

I’m probably different than many writers because I am equally right and left brained. I often think that makes me good at many tasks, yet master of none. Even though I have that left brain side working to a certain extent, I still long for someone more left-brained than me to help me out.

I know many free-lance editors who might fit the bill. However, I think self publishers need more than that. They need someone to partner with them in many areas. Time usage, writing process, editing, promoting are all areas we need help with. 

I wonder if there is anyone out there, besides some traditional publishers and editors, who will help in all of these areas?

I suppose that’s why we all need a support group made up of people who will hold our noses to the grindstones, who will encourage us to hire editors, who will point us in the right direction to promote our books.

For right now, this task seems  overwhelming at times. I just need to remember that saying: How do you eat an elephant?

Answer: One bite at a time.


  1. I hear you, Sheila. I am in the same situation. I too have equal right/left brain. In some ways it is a nice balance, but sometimes I find the two sides collide at times. If you find that perfect support person, will you be willing to share? Or maybe they might know of another? Great question!


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.