I mentioned last week that I’m in the midst of editing two books. One is almost done! Editing is a vital step before releasing a work out to the public and I try to be patient through the entire process. Before I went through this process for the first time I had no idea how much work was involved. I imagined I would sit on a beach somewhere and write and write and write.
Trust me, I do write a lot but there are times, though, when I feel like all I do is edit. After completing the first draft, I edit it. After my beta readers give it back with their comments, I edit/rewrite. Then I ship it off to my developmental editor. Guess what, I have to edit/rewrite again and send it back so my developmental editor can make sure I didn’t blow anything up. You might think it’s done now.
Nope. I edit it again before sending it to the proofreader. Surely it must be ready now? Not quite. I am the last one who holds the document before converting the files to publish the e-book. All the responsibility is mine. So I comb through it a few more times to catch errors that are easily overlooked.
Right now one of my buddies is reading, Claudia Must Die, helping me locate pesky errors. She’s found two so far and is halfway done. Two may not seem like a lot but it’s best to find them now before hitting the publish button. Some reviewers are not kind when they spot any. That doesn’t mean my novels are perfect when I do finally publish. However I do my best to get them as close as possible.
For those of you who want to write I’m not trying to discourage you at all. As much as I complain about editing, I love what I do. But you may want to know beforehand how much work is involved. And learn to love editing. There’s no way around it.
Now I mentioned the title of my upcoming release. Here’s a bit more information about Claudia Must Die:
Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.
Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.
In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.
The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?
If all goes as planned, this novel will be released mid-December.