One of the most interesting parts of being a Booktrope author (aside from obviously saying that you are a Booktrope author) is that you get to assemble your own team to work on your book. Now I'm dealing with this in a very Nick Fury kind of way - even wearing an eye patch!
My biggest question was - what the hell do I look for in a team member? And to be honest I haven't quite figured that out yet. Hiring an editor was the hardest choice because this has to be someone who is not only competent but who will also challenge me in the right way. And what is the right way? Well the general answer I got from other Booktrope authors was an editor that rattled you enough to see the light.
I think my editor will do that. She's laid back enough to hopefully deal with a regular dose of crazy and she pulled apart every weak word of my first chapter until I was nothing but a gibbering wreck afterwards. I've never worked with an editor before and already I feel the need to impress, to get better and to make the book shine. I guess that means she's doing her job - or at least she will be if I do manage to impress, get better and make the book all shimmery.
My second teammate is taking on two roles - book manager and project manager. My understanding of these areas is still a little grey but I expect to be bossed about a bit. Managing the project was something I did myself for so long this one is the hardest role to give up, but it needs to be done. A fresh set of eyes needs to be in charge and for once I don't have to worry about social media.
For an author that has exclusively done everything by herself I thought I would be more possessive of my work than I am. In fact I'm incredibly excited about the prospect of being pushed and pulled into shape by a capable team of experts and enthusiasts. God knows what is going to come out of this, but it's going to be good. And who knows it might even change me too.