IWSG: A Desperate Plea for Help (and a hyperbolic post title)
For today's IWSG, I don't have much to talk about as far as writing goes, but I do want to reach out to the wider IWSG community for help/suggestions/tips.
Background: Last month I announced that I planned to self-publish Weaver. The next day everyone in my department at work was called in to a conference room, and told that we were being laid off effective December 4th. (And then the day after that, they fed us all ice cream. This company...)
I had planned to hire an editor to comb over my novel, and to get a professional cover made. I'd even budgeted a modest amount to cover the cost. But now, with unemployment looming, I've had to rethink my plan of attack.
Anyone have any good tips, resources, and/or suggestions for self editing? Particularly, any really in depth information on grammar? I've spent the bulk of my time working on plot, characters and such structural things, but I've been known to rewrite sentences to avoid having to decide between who and whom. Don't get me started on lay/lie/laid. I know getting a professional editor is the best bet, but with estimates starting at $300 and quickly skyrocketing from there for a proofread - never mind copy or structural edits - I can't commit those kind of funds anymore. I've found some lower priced (much lower priced) editors, but I don't know that I can trust them. So I guess if anyone has worked with a really good, very...flexibly priced editor in the past, I'd appreciate a tip in the comments, or you can email me at email@example.com.
I think I've discovered a way around the cover situation, (Fiverr, Pre-made book covers) but if anyone knows of an artist who does quality custom covers at a low price (how low? however low you think, think lower) please let me know. I don't know how to use Photoshop or GIMP (I've tried), so anything I make myself will be directly posted to Lousy Book Covers.
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to my plea for help.
(About the whole laid-off-need-to-pay-my-bills thing, don't worry about me. I'll survive. I've been in worse pickles. And besides, maybe now I can find a job that isn't 40 miles away.)