Today I want to talk about the editing process that my novel is going through and give a little update about that. I recently did a blog about this on my site at www.annabellehelenjones.com, and a video on youtube, (find my channel at author Kadian thomas); going through the different stages of editing. Thus, I won't be going into detail about that. This blog is just to describe my experience so far.
The editing process is very long as you can imagine, and a lot of steps involved. I just did an editorial assessment for Sparks Fly, and I received good feedback from that. The next step will be to revise my manuscript based on the comments I've received, and after I feel that's sufficient, then I will be doing a copy edit on my manuscript. The editing process is very nerve racking and filled with anxiety. Just the fact that you're waiting for someone you paid to criticize something you've slaved over is ridiculous enough. I did receive good feedback which encouraged me.
Going into the editing process, it felt hard, and for the most part, I was overwhelmed. I think I was overwhelmed because I didn't know what state my manuscript was in. I liked my story I thought it was good, but was it good? I mean, I wrote this so of course, I think it's a masterpiece, but will other people think of it? I did receive feedback from a few readers, but sometimes I felt they were nice and didn't want to dig deep into it.
This reason is why I wanted to do the editorial assessment to get a real idea of where my story is at without fear that anyone is too nice. An editor is paid to dig deep into your novel and show all your mistakes, and I was honestly dreading that. It was, however, a necessary step in the editing process, and it told me exactly where I was. It reinforced what I thought about my novel, and assured me that it was, in fact, a good story, and I wasn't crazy.
After the editorial assessment, the process of editing felt easier and less nerve racking because I now had a solid idea of where my story was and what I needed to do to make it even better. It made me more confident and made the editing process more fun. Now I can't wait to do the copyediting, as I get one step closer to publishing my book.
Stay connected for more updates on my journey to publishing. Thanks for reading.