Well, I’ve finished editing the book. It came out to whopping 483 pages! 😯 Probably going to change it to TNR so that it doesn’t look so daunting. *g* The word count is similar to RED, which is good. I’m happy that it’ll be sitting at 368-400 printed pages. I’ll admit I’m exhausted. I’ve been pulling twelve hour days, editing this book.
I wish I had big news to share, but there isn’t much happening at casa Summers, but work. Today is Vivi Anna’s birthday! Everyone should drop by and sing her a happy tune. She is on holiday, but don’t let that stop you. 🙂
I’ve been thinking a lot about critique partners while working on this book. Probably because my mom was kind enough to read this manuscript for me and point out the problems. I have a really good critique partner, but there are certain projects that aren’t right for her. At one time, I had five critique partners. That number is a little high. I still have several people I can ask to read for me, but it gets harder and harder the longer you’re in the business.
Why, you ask?
Let me first note that there are two types of critique partners that authors use: One, is a reader. They don’t look for editorial things. They simply read for story. This is the category my mom falls in, although she’s terrific at catching missing words, too. The other, is another author. Most published authors (unless they had the same critique partner before they got published) only want their work read by other published authors. They don’t do this to be snobbish.There are various reasons for this, but the most common reason is that a lot of published authors refuse to read unpublished work. They’ve been burned and don’t want to repeat the experience. 🙄 Unfortunately, when all your critique partners are published they have their own deadlines. So it becomes difficult to get critiques. It’s also hard to receive critiques, when you change genres or your writing shifts. That’s kind of where I find myself right now.
I’m writing things I could’ve NEVER imagined myself writing when I first started out. I think it’s a natural progression for a writer, but it’s also disheartening. You have to start over to a certain degree. Success hinges on how many times you’re willing to begin again. I know I’m rambling. That happens when I’m tired…and when I’m nervous…and when I have monkey brain…
I hope you all can forgive me. 😳 Have a great weekend.