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For Me, Final Edit Did Not Mean FINAL edit

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, so more than one person is apparently confused about my editing process.  Since announcing that I was now moving into compiling my manuscript edit of Under the Darkened Moon, people have been saying to me things like, “But I thought you already did your ‘final’ edit?”

It’s true, I did do something that I did refer to as my “FINAL” (capital letters and all) edit.  But it didn’t mean that is was my “final” edit.
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Finally There – Under the Darkened Moon Manuscript Phase

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

With FINAL edits done, I am now on to the manuscript compilation phase for Under the Darkened Moon.  Ok, so “FINAL” edit is probably a misnomer because compiling the manuscript does entail some minor editing.  I’m still looking for errors, but mostly it will consist mostly of formatting.

However, I do read each chapter one, final time.  In the process, I am looking for: Read more…

Deciding Not To Submit To Harper Voyager Directly

October 7, 2012 13 comments

Last month, as you all know, I wrote about my thoughts concering Harper Voyager opening itself up for direct submissions until October 14th.  I could have easily hit that deadline and had Under the Darkened Moon edited and formatted.  And for a few weeks I was seriously contemplating doing just that and submitting my novel for consideration.

However, after much thought, I have decided not to take advantage of the opportunity.  Yes, even thought his opportunity may not come around again to directly submit to Harper Voyager.  Some people might think that it is foolish for me pass up any opportunity.  But, as I have learned in my life, just because opportunities present themselves does not mean all should be jumped at.  I’ve had my fair share of opportunities that I took simply because they were opportunities and have been left holding the proverbial bag. Read more…

“When Are You Publishing?” He Asked

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

A friend of mine, who adores my current WIP (Under the Darkened Moon) asked me, “So, when are you publishing?”

I don’t know, I said, probably once I find an agent and they find me a publisher.
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The Price Of The Unnecessary Character

October 4, 2012 Leave a comment

I learned an important lesson the other day. Unimportant characters equals lots of unneeded words.

During live read edits for Under the Darkened Moon, I felt as though one character, introduced for just one scene, was unnecessary. Sure, he served a purpose. Sure he furthered the plot. Sure he got my main character from point A to point B. Read more…

Back-Story Rewrite In Progress For Under the Darkened Moon

September 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, now I’ve done it! With Under the Darkened Moon’s live read and final edits proceeding nearly side-by-side, I have decided to tear apart part of the back-story and rewrite it. It was really the last thing I was thinking of as I was happily steaming towards producing a final manuscript.

I thought the end was within sight.  After all, the live read edit is in Chapter 36, the FINAL edit is in Chapter 25 and there are 44 Chapters to the story plus and epilogue.

But this rewrite had to be done. This was not something that I chose to undertake on a whim. Read more…

Under the Darkened Moon Editing Update

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

So, yes, editing for Under the Darkened Moon is coming along well.  Just yesterday I got through Chapter 19 on the FINAL round of edits.  We’re up to Chapter 23 on the live read through.

In terms of general things, words are hitting the cutting room floor fast and furious.  Here’s the way things look through the first 19 chapters: Read more…

How much should you REALLY be paying an editor?

September 4, 2012 1 comment

This was an interesting conversation that came up the other day between myself and some of my writer friends. How much should you reasonably expect to pay an editor?

One friend told me he was seeing rates of about $0.04 per word for a full blown edit. That’s for the works. His 365 page manuscript (250 words per page) would garner a fee of $3,650! WOW! Read more…

Something One Should Never Do, In My Opinion, As An Author

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

It is oh so tempting as an unpublished author, especially one trying to complete your first manuscript, to read a TON about what advice others have with regards to what should be in the pages of a novel. You want to know how to edit it. You want to know if you are shooting yourself in the foot because your manuscript is too long for what publisher are looking for. You will even come across discussions of certain fetish words people insist are simply wrong to use.

That’s not only natural, but I think good for an aspiring author to do. Learning how to separate the gold from the dross when it comes to this advice is another matter, but you’ll learn that in due course as I have. For example, I even once read an absurd article about how people just don’t like first person narratives and such stories cannot be successful! Uh hello! Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Or how about that recent best seller The Hunger Games? Read more…

Final Edit Underway for Under the Darkened Moon

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

With the live read edit getting bogged down. I’m starting to go and insert the changes from chapters that have already been completed and adding a few more with a final read through myself.  Thus the final edit is going to begin now rather than after the live read edit ends as was originally planned.

You would think, after more than a dozen and a half edits, that there wouldn’t be many more changes to make.  But there are.  In fact, here is what the first two pages looked like after the live read.  Note all the yellow which are changes: Read more…