I just finished my very first round of editing. I gotta say, I LOVED it! In fact I think I loved it more than even writing the book. I was a little worried that I would read through the manuscript after a couple months of not looking at it and discover that it was complete crap. Or that my editor would send it back with few sentences untouched, and she would think it was crap. LOL. It wasn’t that terrible though. Yeah, there were some spots I’ve worked on to improve them but overall I was impressed with myself. It’s not total shit.
I loved reading the comments from my editor, suggestions and questions were so helpful into showing me things I hadn’t thought of or that I forgot to write. Isn’t it amazing that our brains can fill in spots and even through countless rereads after the fact, we still don’t see them?! Amazing! Thank God for beta readers and editors! I’ve learned SO much from everyone who’s given me feedback thus far. I hope it will make me a better writer not only with my edits for Little Gray Dress but also for my future and in progress books. Already in the manuscript I’m working on right now, I feel like my story-line is a bit more down to earth and my characters are much more real.
Am I looking forward to continuing the editing process? Yes. I love having another opinion triggering ideas for improvement. This first edit I added 6000+ words. I expected to add words, yes, but never 6000+! Even after writing my second draft of the story before I submitted I couldn’t seem to get to 60k words but I now have! I’ve even exceeded it.
One thing I’ve noticed in myself since writing the book is that I’ve done so much research on writing techniques and advice, that I’m finding it easier to show rather than tell. Being a new writer (and one that doesn’t have the most imaginative of brains more often than not) I found it hard to show everything that needed showing. But, I’ve done a ton of research and while it’s still a challenge for me, I’m improving.
Being a newbie to the author side of publishing, I have no idea how many rounds of editing go on. I’m assuming a few. I can’t wait to see what I end up with. It’s so exciting seeing a story be born. Now that I know more of what to look for in a manuscript I feel like the next few rounds will make the book even better.
This weekend I did a little cover design dreaming. I have no idea what my cover will be like yet. I can’t even tell you how freaking excited I am to see it, even in idea form. I know my books genre is more romantic comedy than chick lit so, if it’s not illustrated, I’m OK with that. I just want the cover to capture the vibe of the story. As an avid reader I feel that is the most important part of a cover. If the cover doesn’t portray the story inside it affects how I feel about the overall book when I go to review. Because, let’s face it, even though people say ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ we do. Especially when we buy. There is only so much you can get from a 2 or 3 paragraph blurb and if I’m being honest, I’ve never been wrong about a cover I’ve judged. I’m sure I’m not the only one too.
So, give me your best editing advice – I want to know as much as possible. What do you do before submission, editing wise? Do you run repeated word checks? Or something more elaborate?