Many authors would tell you there is no such thing as over night success. Many will tell you that they had to edit and edit and edit. Doesn't seem likely to me when an author spews out several books a year. You know the last time I published a book? December 2016. So that is my reality. People who writes series usually have the next book ready within 6 months. Not me. My third book won't be out until the money comes in. A friend told me there are no such thing as a free lunch (A kid will disagree because they don't know the parents paid for the lunches) So I suppose, I am like a kid. I want my free lunch, but that's not reality.
Editing is a profession just like graphic designing. Many designers don't give away covers unless they are doing a give away, but I have seen GDs offer discounted covers so why not a discounted editing service? I am not asking for professional editors to edit my MSs for free, but a discounted service. How about 25% off for first time customers? Am I asking too much? So, here I am with a MS almost ready to publish and no money to pay for editing services. Sigh I wish I had a good eye for mistakes etc. After all some authors make their own covers so why can't I edit my own MSs?
Another reason you don't see more than one book published a year by me is there is no demand for my books. Reviewers will say in one review "Can't wait to read the next book." yet when it is out, they don't. I just don't feel motivated when my ratings don't go up or it people don't leave a review. Those reviews are what keeps me going and if I don't see any, why bother? I also never receive fan mail. So why should I continue writing and publishing? Well, I won't stop writing because it is in my blood but until people really likes my books or I can actually be my own editor or an editor grants me favor with them, they will just sit on my hard drive.
Book two also sits on the shelf with only three reviews (sigh) and two aren't that favorable. I know many authors gets negative reviews, but they get many good reviews to make up for it. It is hard for me when I see how well someone's book is selling and mine just sits with the three reviews.
Maybe someday, I will just take all my books down and never publish another book again. Then again, I will get inspired. I love to write, but maybe as a friend told me, maybe just write for me. It was what I have done many years ago. I wrote to escape. Many people don't understand my stories. While I see one of my characters as caring and protective, the readers sees him as controlling. Even in a fantasy story, readers saw the mom as controlling. Sigh. Maybe because I grew up with a father who was controlling towards my mother and that was how I saw life. I have a father in heaven who is not controlling. Thank you, Jesus.
One more point, some authors have told me to write what It is in my heart, but when I do, people question my story line or characters so once again I pondered whether I should not write for anyone else but for myself. I better get some positive reviews when I republished A Second Chance at Love.