The Road to Publication #3: The Bad News – More Editing?

Wait a minute… I just spent two months writing to a deadline.  Now I have more deadlines?  Yikes!

Wow, the day after the contract was signed, all the “stuff” came flooding in.  Tons of emails, and tons of information.  I knew that there would be a lot to do, but I must admit, when I saw it spelled out, I was a little daunted.

One of the emails contained a very long list of things that need to be done before the target release date.  Thank goodness, many of the things on the list are dates when the publisher needs to do things.  But there are things that I need to do.


Ugh.  Editing.  I figured I would need to do a little work on it, but I was a little surprised when they asked me to go through LAST WINTER RED and look for about 50 possible things that the editors will flag, so it will be as clean as possible before they have to review it.
I am using a computer program to analyses my manuscript, and it’s surprising when a computer highlights possible problems how many things pop up that you don’t see when you read.  As always, I don’t agree with everything the computer says.  A computer does not, or instance, understand that you are looking for an emotional reaction when you purposely repeat a word five times in a paragraph, and that it was intentional…but in the instances where it was not intentional, I was able to make the changes, and the sentences are much stronger.

That is where I am now.  There are about six different reports to run like this.  Some of them overlap, but it is a lot to look at, and a lot to consider (see that… duplication of “a lot” for an emotional response… are ya feeling emotional?)

Anyway…tons to do, and now there is a new deadline, and five other authors in the same boat counting on me to finish in time.

No Pressure.


31 responses to “The Road to Publication #3: The Bad News – More Editing?

  1. It does sound daunting!
    Out of curiosity, what computer program are you using?

  2. Editing is one of those tricky things… You’ve poured your heartblood into your work, and then someone else comes along and tells you to chop and change. Ouch! I’m a pragmatist, and I know that an external, unbiased perspective will make my work better. As long as I get the feeling that the editor is sympathetic (rather than hostile), I’m happy to go along and chop and change as instructed–within reason. I tend to read through the edits in full first of all, take a deep breath and digest… then work through one by one. Good luck with it all and keep smiling–it’s all for a greater purpose, and it’ll be worth it in the end!

  3. Shelley Szajner

    Good luck with your editing! What’s the name of the computer program that you’re using, Jennifer?

  4. Keep focusing on one item at a time throughout your paper. Doing all six on your checklist, if not more, would drive anyone mental. 😀


  5. I got a similar list. It depressed me. I’m taking the day off.

  6. Way to go Jennifer! Keep us posted :).

  7. Yikes. I’m not sure if I would work better or worse with a deadline (I’m allergic to stress!) I’m sure you will do fine. I have faith in you. 🙂

    • I actually think I do better, as long as the deadline is feasible. If I’m writing leaisurly, I take too much time, and it takes YEARS. Right now, I am trying to finish the first draft of my new WIP by the end of July. That would take 1000 words a day, and I slipped over the holiday, and in taking time doing edits for my publisher, but I know what I need to do to get back in-line.

  8. You’ll get through it. And you’ll do it well. As will your fellow authors. You’re a professional. 🙂

  9. You’ll get through them. No worries.
    Out of interest what programmes do you use? I just stick with the grammar checker on word…

  10. At some point you will think, “Can I look at this manuscript one more time because I’m so sick of it?” That’s a good thing. It means you’ve been thorough. Keep up the good work.

  11. Woohooo! Go Jen 🙂 🙂 🙂