I remain mired in edits on Thomas Redpool Goes to Hell. That is, implementing edits and, the most tedious of all, manuscript formatting. It's been a while since I self-published the first time, so I've been disconnected from much of this last bit. Microsoft Word isn't exactly my best friend, particularly on a Mac (now), but I'm slogging through. The book will be better off for me putting in the work.
(Edit: Cover is being re-forged. Stay tuned.)
Soon after this release, which I still need to do some website-related things for, I'll be moving on to implementing edits for Scions of the Shade. These were looking fairly manageable until recently, whereupon my editor expressed concern and confusion about the major trouble aspect of the storyline. This is like saying my gas tank has a giant hole in it.
It's not troubling, though, because this is exactly what I want. Keep in mind that the edit phase is to point out flaws, not to confirm that what you've done is perfect or "good enough." There should always be room for improvement in your novel, and you shouldn't shirk from making those necessary changes that will make it more readable, enjoyable, and (last but not least) sell-able.
It's never going to stop being a blow to the ego that you didn't write it perfect the first (or the third, or the fifth) time. Editing is the inverse of writing; it's critical rather than creative, though sometimes you do need to get creative with it. To that end, it can either be a soul-crushing endeavor of hellish proportions, or it can be the thing that keeps a person from putting down (and refusing to finish) your book.
I'm also 50% through the Hunger Games trilogy. Short books, better than Twilight; do you need a third reason to read these? Okay, read them because Katniss is an easy character to sympathize with. Just don't read them expecting major resolution to the muttations (not a misspelling) at the end of Book 1, as I did/am.
News on Thomas Redpool as it develops. Beware the Ides of March!
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