Edits are time-consuming, frustrating and ultimately satisfying. I finished the first edit round for Ancient Curse yesterday and sent it back to my editor Amanda Barnett with a prayer.
This is the third book in my Rhodes End series for the Wild Rose Press. I should be a little more confident that they like my work. Especially since my holiday romance Journey of the Magi was a bestseller.
Any writer will agree the next manuscript is a difficult to write as the first. I remember picking away at every detail of my first. I wanted it perfect. I still want this one perfect, but I’ve learned to be easier on myself. I use spell-check when I question my memory. I depend on my editor to pick up any glaring flaws. Its not easy.
My books are my babies. And my human kids will tell you I’m still picky even though they’ve grown up and moved out. I await my first critique with both fear and hope. Then when I have the most wonderful reviews, I cry for days. If you don’t believe me, check Journey of the Magi http://amzn.com/B00ES5DZEQ
So much credit goes to my editor Kinan for making sure I did my best. she is the good kind of picky.
So I learned more about the right kind of picky: build the romance, weave the plot, make strong characters, use effective description.
Whew. That’s work.
Well, did you expect writing to be easy? I think I did. Now I’ve learned it takes daily work. Hours and hours of writing followed by hours and hours of picky, picky, picky edits.
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3 thoughts on “Picky, picky picky by Barbara Edwards”
I’ve just finished three months of the first draft of my first ever novel. I hope the second edit doesn’t take as long as the first. . . 🙂
Good luck. It will take as long as it takes. Sometimes the brain doesn’t switch from create to edit.
Can’t argue with that. 🙂