One Journey Over, Another One Begins

The journey of keeping my book to myself is now over. After three personal edits, “Amelia” is now in a professional editor’s hands.  Making the decision to stop editing on my own and finally handing it over to a professional wasn’t easy. The comfort zone of being in my own writing world is over. Now, someone else is diving into that world with me.

I believe that vulnerability is the road to growth. If I want to grow as an author, I need to have an open, learning mind. Having the eyes and knowledge of a professional editor is exactly what will take my book to another level.  Yes, it’s scary to have an open kimono. It’s like saying, “Please, tell me the flaws of my writing”, but seeing my manuscript in a whole new light is wonderful! I’ve spent the last three years developing, writing, and being inside this story. It’s hard to step in and out of it , and not get jaded at some point. By the time I wrote the last sentence, I was exhausted. Then, I dove into editing it, and editing it, and editing it. By this point, I’m so very thankful for fresh, professional eyes!

I have so much to learn in this part of my journey. After viewing the edits from Rebecca Faith Editorial, I see the opportunity to grow my novel into something bigger and better than I had ever imagined. Going into the editing process, I didn’t realize what role an editor would take other than “fixing” my wrongs. Now I see it’s a relationship, not a transaction.  A great editor should encourage your story, and not change it. They should show you enhancements and changes, without making you feel inadequate. Rebecca does just that, and I look forward to learning from her.  **By the way, I speak of Rebecca because I like and respect her, not because she asked me too.**

I’ve realized that editing will take longer than I had expected.  I need to expand the book, and develop deeper characterization and plot. I’ve always said that I didn’t know how many words a book should have, but  now I do. What’s exciting is that I get to dive deeper into the story of  “Amelia”.  From here on out, each edit will allow me to grow as an author, and will allow my reader to know more about the characters and story. It’s a win-win situation! I grow, the book grows, and the readers get more!

Here’s how I look at this editing journey: “Amelia” is my baby and I wrote the story with heart, love, and commitment. Now, I need to make sure it’s complete, healthy, and ready to enter the world.  Creating, writing, and editing a novel is very intense, and as a reader, you wouldn’t want it any other way. I respect my will-be readers, and for me to get respect back, this process is crucial.

I will keep you updated as I grow and edit. Please give me your thoughts. I would love to know if you ever think about what authors go through to give you a finished novel.  Thank you for reading and I look forward to making “Amelia” a fun read for you!

Until next time…

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7 responses to “One Journey Over, Another One Begins

  1. jschancellor

    Oh, I know this feeling. When I first turned over Son of Ereubus it was terrifying. It does get a little easier though, a few novels down the road. I still get a little antsy on some projects, wondering whether my editor will like what she reads or not. But, for the most part, I’ve learned all the quirks … the things she’s particular about and learning that stuff that made the bigger changes much easier to digest. For example, I know she’s big on clarity, so now as I’m writing, I go out of my way to make sure it’s painfully clear who is saying what. Each editor has their own preferences, like road maps, and knowing those in advance is like being able to set cruise control.

    So glad I found your blog! I found you through Twitter. Can’t wait to hear how it goes when you get your edits back. 🙂 Keep us posted.

  2. I have had three professionals look at my novel and its worth it every time – I have spent a fortune on it, but at the end of the day if you have something in your hand for your family to read after you have gone from this mortal coil then its worth it. I am want to be an author and run a business.

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey of “Amelia”. It makes it easier to know I’m not alone in this loooong writing process. Best of luck while editing!

  4. I just found you and your blog through Twitter.
    I am so excited to read your blog tonight after work and follow your journey.

    I am very interested in the process. It must be so exciting yet, now, I can understand the nervousness of handing it over to an editor.

    Have a fantastic weekend!!!
    I will be back with wine in hand later today!

  5. I really like writers like you. 🙂 The kind that are damned dedicated. Keep up the good work, and good for you for seeking professional input! As you said, that helps. It really does.

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