I don’t know about you, but I have been super busy! Not enough hours in the day, you know?
What has been taking up the majority of my time, is editing my novel, The Immortal Curse! Yayyyy! Yippeeee! Good times!..right?
Editing…The bane of my existence. But it must be done!
Like most writers, the most fun part of writing is being creative, coming up with new things, and going with the flow. Follow those magical nature leaves like Pocahontas does! Alright, maybe I’m getting a little carried away. I digress.
Most people believe that finishing the novel is the hardest part. Once you get it out on paper then its smooth sailing! But that is wrong. Sorry to pop your fantasy bubble. Writing the novel is the easy part. That’s the fun part! Once you type ‘The End’ you do a little dance around the house. If you have never danced around your house after finishing a novel, I strongly suggest you do so, seeing as how editing sucks all the life force out of you. If there is anything I have learned finishing my 4th novel, it’s you have got to edit before seeking representation.
If you send in your novel, hot off the presses, it will show. You have to make it as squeaky clean as possible, especially if you aren’t previously published. You want to show your very best work, and prove that you’re in it for the long hall!
Sometimes I’m feeling sentimental, so I pull out my first novel The Whillor Legends and decide to enjoy a little read through down memory lane. It makes me cringe…despite me being 16 when I wrote it, I have never edited. I sent it out that way…I. Cant. Believe. It.
I’m very glad no one picked me up for representation with that book because the only people who would be interested in it, would probably be scamming me.
The Termination, my last book before this one, I edited. I got some agent bites too, which made me feel like I could touch the sky. Great Agents like Catherine Drayton and Kristin Nelson! And another agent, who shall remain nameless, because they requested a full and I never heard from them again. I’m a bit bitter…but that’s another story for another time!
In conclusion, take it from me. Spending the extra time to run through your whole book a few times is boring, but will be worth it in the end. Anything worth having, is worth working for!
Now I must return to editing…