The end is just the begining of a long trail, full of pitfalls, puddles and procrastination.
Okay, so you have “written a book!” Fantastic, well done and good for you.
Now it is time to shake yourself down, sober up and do the hard part – get it ready for publishing or hawking around publishers, agents and now with the new way of doing things, putting it on an eBook thingy somewhere.
The task has barely begun.
It is a truly horrible thing, reading what you have written and changing it. Oh, there are simple things that really please you, like picking up typos, horrible grammar, discoutinuity and such like, but that is just the beginning.
Somewhere along the line, you have to “give your baby away” to someone else. You do and you know you have to.
But, will they “get it” for they are not you, how can you trust them with your baby and you have to wait for weeks then, it comes back covered in red pen everywhere, and i mean EVERYWHERE!!
It is worse than sending your child to school and then getting a phone call from them and they say, “Jimmy has fallen off the apparatus and hurt his leg”
How could you!
I trusted you to give my child back to me in one piece, as I gave it to you.
Then when you actually look at what the red pen is all about, they don’t get it, they dont get that David does change how he parts his hair every second wash, they don’t get that Celia only puts her tights on for days that begin with a T, or that someone speaks in a different manner to people in Social Group A to those at work or in Social Group B and so on.
And yes, “he did walk slowly down the hall counting the broken tiles in his granny’s hall” for a reason, not just to fill dead paper space.
But when they write that “i got that Phil was scared of Rosey, despite what he said.” You want to leap in the air and kiss them.
So, if the writing was a passion that drove you to write until three in the morning, or miss dinner or some programme on the TV, then I am truly sorry to tell you, that the next part is HORRIBLE.
Until, off course that time when you are on “final proof read” have done all the corrections, attended to all your proof readers comments, or not as the case may be, and still when you read it you get a lump in your throat and that scene on the fourth page from the end that brings it all together still makes you reach for the tissues, then your book is ready.
That is when you know.
Only then and not before.
I have the dubious honour of being in the following places all at once
Book 1 of trilogy, in 6th edit and with 2 proof readers
Book 2 of trilogy, two read throughs and now with proof reader
Book 3 of trilogy, first half read through, the rest of it, well, the printer ran out of toner, so i wait
Different book entirely, different genre, about tenth edit and with third proof reader for “final proof read.”
If all goes according to plan, all 4 books will be out as eBooks before the end of September (ish). I may delay the third trilogy book for other reasons, just to see how first 2 are recieved.
What is your editing like?
Let me know, go on……
Keep writing, for you know you have to