Only four chapters left in the final editing pass for the novel.
I’ll be done early next week. Thank the gods.
Then it’ll be time to gather a list of agents to send it out to, polish up my query letter, and start emailing the thing out.
It’s been…two years? almost three?…since I started work on it. And soon, very soon, I’ll finally have a finished version to send.
So, what have I learned? What lessons will I apply to the next book?
- Definitely break up your editing passes. Trying to fix every problem you see as you see it will only lead to a mess.
- Don't be afraid to edit the story. Your first take on the story -- not just the words, but what happens and why -- doesn't have to be the last one.
- You've got time to get it right. Take as many editing passes as you need. No one has to see it until it's ready.