So I am about sixty percent done with this round of editing. I speculate that I am going to have to do at least two more “Final Edits”, or read throughs. These should be much easier than this current edit. This current editing round has been all about cutting words, and smoothing out the language and major plot points. The next round is going to be “Big Picture”, reader impression type stuff, making sure all the loose ends are wrapped up. So I’ll be focused on more abstract issues like, does the story flow, are all the chapters necessary, can we cut anymore, what is the overall effect of the novel? I will also try to focus in on themes and philosophy issues, am I consistent, is it interesting, do I get where I want to go? Am I leaving anything out?
This is also a series book (I know everyone does a series these days). So I am also going to be thinking about the set-up for future books. Have I laid the ground work for future books? Have I cut myself off from any possibilities in future books? Do i even NEED future books!?
The editing process is helping me grow as a writer. I have multiple stories that need to be edited. It’s an exciting prospect to have all that unrefined material, but it is also daunting, because in all honesty, editing isn’t my favorite thing. But maybe it could be?! And in reality it has to be! Writing and Editing are like the Yin-Yang of authoring. Writing seems more natural, feminine, unconscious and uncontrolled. Editing is more controlled, systematic, conscious, masculine and orderly.
So now I start asking, what’s next? Again, all I really want to do is go back to writing the stories; that is the fun stuff. But I also want to get this book out there in the world, so it can be read and enjoyed, so that means I have to start learning about another process, self-publishing. Honestly, after the daunting editing process, I’m not even afraid of the self-publishing process (I am a foolish man though). I’ll do another post here soon about why I am going to self-publish and not go through the traditional publishing journey. That said, if you got any great books or articles about self-publishing let me know! Or if you’re a bad ass editor who wants to come help, holler at the dude!?