Just finished up what I consider to by my first polishing edit for Under the Darkened Moon, my first actually completed novel. Things went well.
To say that I am 100% pleased with it would be saying too much. I’m 98% pleased though and I think that is pretty good for someone that is as big a perfectionist as I am.
As one of my friends told me, no novel is ever 100% perfect so don’t fret the last few percents.
Next up is going to be a live read edit. My wife is going to actually read aloud the words so I can hear them from someone else’s mouth rather than my own. This will hopefully help catch any final awkward sentences, missed commas, etc that my brain is simply auto correcting for when I read aloud because I know what is supposed to be there even if it is not there.
Hopefully, this edit will commence in the next few weeks. If we do one chapter a day it will take slightly more than a month to complete.
It was July 18th of last year that I embarked on the ambitious project to write a novel. Looks like it will be a little more than a year from then that it will be ready to be submitted, and likely rejected many times, to publishers and literary agents. Keeping my fingers crossed that it isn’t too painful. My review groups have all given it high praise, sometimes too high of praise if you ask me, but high praise none-the-less. I guess it is almost time to find out whether or not people with the power to get books published feel the same way.