Editing. Editing. Editing?

You guessed it, I’m editing.

Last week I received my copy-edited manuscript back from SSP. I’ve been working on it ever since. A few minutes here, an hour there. Every moment I have away from my day job and away from my family, I spend on my laptop making corrections and minor story edits. Filling in holes and correcting commas. I’m comma deficient, in case you were wondering. I didn’t count how many I’d missed, but it was easily a few hundred. That’s okay. It could’ve been much worse.

The story is solid, only a few minor changes to make it more consistent. A little more research and then deleting the extra detail. All very minor, as it should be with all the work I’ve put into it.

I’d like to sigh and complain about how much I hate it, but I’d be lying.

I’m loving it.

I’ve never been happier while writing than I am right now. Having feedback on something I’ve put so much of my heart into is priceless. The compliments are pure gold and the criticisms are not as frequent as I thought they’d be. It’s crazy, but for the most part, it’s the criticisms that really make me smile. They remind me of how much I still have to learn, and of how much I have already learned. There’s something a little extra special about an editor questioning something I knew wasn’t quiet right, but didn’t know how to fix. Proof that I should follow my instincts and just keep working at it until it’s right.

So . . . what’s next? I’m not totally sure. I’ve never had a novel published so the steps are a bit blurry for me, but I will keep you updated.

What are you up to these days?

16 thoughts on “Editing. Editing. Editing?

    1. Oh…I don’t think it will ever be perfect, and I’d never expect perfection. I just don’t like disappointment. 🙂
      I’m having fun though. The feedback is invigorating and I’ve always been good at accepting constructive criticism.

  1. I must admit, my edits made me cranky. I didn’t have much, but I was worried I might not do it right. As for commas, I think I must have stolen yours. I get a little slap-happy with the little guys! For me, it was all those extraneous S’s in my British form of toward(s). That and a plethora of exclamation points!!!!! Can’t wait to read your book, Dana!!!!

    1. Ha! I couldn’t believe the commas they added. It was laughable. *shrug* I’d like to say the next book will be better, but I can’t. I’ll likely still leave out many commas.
      I read your Facebook post where you were asking about the toward vs. towards. I can honestly say, I would’ve have thought it was a mistake. But I didn’t know the Brits use towards. Live and learn.

  2. Reading this gives me the warm fuzzies! I’m so happy that you are enjoying this phase – and have gotten the right kind of feedback. I only hope I can follow in your footsteps before too long with a finished manuscript.

    I can hardly wait to read your book!

    1. I am truly enjoying this, and I can’t say enough good things about my publisher. They are so attentive and available.
      I just hope everyone likes the book. *chopping fingernails* I guess that’s a normal concern . . .

      I can hardly wait to read the follow up to Just Desserts! Finish it already.
      Are you going to self-pub again?

  3. Editing can be tediuos but it is also rewarding. After going through my first book for the 20th time I said to my husband, “It’s a good thing I like this book or I would be sick of it by now.”

    1. I’ve often wondered if I’ll ever read my own book once it’s printed. I think not, but you never know how you’re going to feel in twenty years.
      Thanks for visiting, Darlene!

  4. What is it with commas? I’m completely at sea now, especially as the rules are so widely different between German and English and I can never quite seem to get them right, either way. Oh, and don’t get me started on serial commas! All this is to say: You’re not alone, honey!! So happy that your edits give you a buzz. And as for what I’m up to… apart from unpacking boxes (still) and hanging pictures (progress): I’m editing, too! Sending you creative vibes and raising a cuppa while I do a bit of chopping and changing. All good! **cheers** x

    1. I don’t know. Sometimes I think I add commas where I don’t need them and go back to remove them. 🙂 I guess I should just follow my instincts. I hope you’re almost fully unpacked.

  5. Editing is not always fun, but you can go back and say “Did I actually write that” and laugh at yourself. I am in the editing phase now, too. Hoping to get this submitted to my publisher by the end of the summer. Here’s hoping!

    Good luck!

    1. Ha! I just read your blog post. I’m feeling pretty lucky right now. My publisher didn’t change anything, other than grammar and punctuation. But they did point out things they didn’t like and things they did like. They also made suggestions for changes, but pretty much left it up to me.
      The beauty of is, I edited the manuscript fiercely before submitting it, cutting the word count because I thought it was too long. Almost all of the changes they suggested were the things I edited out before. So…it’s just adding that stuff back in. They don’t seem to care about the high word count.
      Thanks for visiting, Jennifer. I can’t wait to spend some time reading your rants. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I really would have to make something up to complain. It’s been a pretty easy process so far. I wonder if it’ll be as easy with the next novel. I’ve been working on this one for years so it was pretty clean.

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