Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Editing Life

My goal this week is to finish the edits for The Wild Queen so I can get it out to my beta readers and have it ready to go by the end of this month. My reason? Next week the kids are on Spring Break--and three of my kids have a birthday next week. Ya, I'm not going to get anything done unless it's this week. :)

Saturday at Write Here in Ephraim, author Michael Knudsen taught a class on self editing that was incredibly timely--at least for me. I feel a teeny bit robbed, since we ran out of time and he had to cut a large part of the presentation short. His technique was endorsed by the incomparable Tristi Pinkston, who not only is a published author of 6 novels but also a freelance editor. Tristi appreciated Michael's editing process, and appreciated how dynamic his finished story turned out to be because of it. Wouldn't we all want to have a finished book like that? I know I do.

That's this week's project, anyway. I'll let you know next week how I do. :)


Chas Hathaway said...

LOVED that class. I was very impressed with the things he said about editing.

Let us know when the Wild Queen comes out!

Author Joshua Hoyt said...

Good luck on the editing. I have got to start editing as well. I think I will try and edit and write some at the same time so that I can keep motivated.

Jennifer Taylor said...

I'm right there with you. I'm on a macro edit deadline and so much is happening over the next 2 weeks, but I also have the full-time job outside the home--yep, I'm not getting much sleep!