One letter, five highlighters, one notebook full of scribbling, one marked up manuscript, one calendar, one phone call with my editor. This is how second-round edits begin.
And this is the shrunk down version of the letter, a little cheat sheet that will guide me when I need direction…
… and here’s an expanded version to take me chapter through chapter.
I’ve never done edits precisely this way before and probably won’t do them just like this again. Each book is a journey, and I do my best to follow along.
Writers out there, do you always edit in the same way or does your approach change?
LOIS RUBY says
I celebrate and envy the luxury of editing on paper! My editors send me electronic edits that I struggle to manage in the Track Changes app, and it’s awful for an ole lady writer like me!
It’s my preference, too. I like taking the marked-up manuscript to Office Depot and having it bound. One in hand and one on the screen is just easier for my mind.
WOW! Thanks for sharing. It looks like you are in great editorial hands, and I know you can produce the required magic. Can’t wait to read the finished book.
I am in GREAT hands. If my editor suggested I jump off a cliff, I’d do it, because I know it would somehow better my work. 😉