THE BETA READER CRITIQUES ARE trickling in, allowing me time to review each a little before the next arrives. Soon, I will have all of their comments and corrections digested, notated and will begin my last edit before presenting my manuscript for the publisher’s editor to carve up.
Yes. That is how I envision it. In my mind’s eye, I see red pen in hand, ruthlessly slashing sentences, mumbling under his (or her) breath and shaking the head in disgust…my beta readers are been fairly kind, gently pointing out flaws and obvious errors, making kind suggestions — and some glowing comments — that bolster my confidence. The professional editor, I am sure, will not be so generous.
But, I keep telling myself, this will make it a better book for you, the reader. I still feel, after it is all said and done, this is a good story. One that will catch the readers imagination and will create a desire for more. And more is coming.
The ideas keep flowing in my mind like an unstoppable flood. I have affectionately dubbed it my ‘never-ending story’. I have at least four more plots to work out…and more are forming in the back of my mind as time passes.
I am looking forward to getting the initial editing done, getting it out of my hands and into the hands of the publisher. Then, my focus can be turned to all the little stuff — cover page, tag lines for advertising…and maybe a little time to myself. Perhaps a trip down the coast, with my camera to refresh my mind…in preparation for the return of the manuscript — so I’ll be ready to once again hunker down to the long — final — editing session.
I’m still hoping for a Fall publishing date. As I get closer, I will be able to give an actual date. Until then, dear readers, please be patient.
May your days be filled with the anticipation and joy of life.