Editing

Well, I had an amazing holiday. We met some reef fishies. We ate some reef fishies. And their shellfishy cousins. We spent a lot of time on our pool-lagoon balcony, basking in the warmth, refreshing beverage in hand and surrounded by pistachio shells. We even went to an aquatic driving range, where I learnt that a) smacking a ball into a lake is fun and b) I'm not very good at it. But now I'm home, and it's time to start editing Pocketful of Eyes (aka Next Book). My fabulous editor has gone through the MS and marked it up. A lot. It's always a bit daunting at first. The page I'm avoiding working on at the moment has about 50 tracked changes and comments, which is about one change per eight words. If the whole MS is like this, there'll be about 9000 edits altogether. This is why editors are scary awesome.

Most of the edits are tiny things, like formatting and punctuation. So it's pretty easy to skim through and approve all those. Then I go through and fix the simple queries, like "rephrase this" or "omit that". Then the things I can fix immediately. The really tricky queries are the ones that affect multiple points in the narrative. Where I have to figure out what day it is, or change something major about a character's behaviour/dialogue. Those ones go last.

It's a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get into the rhythm of it, it's quite fun. Especially since I know that with every click, my book is getting a little bit better!