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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Final Revisions............... When is it Finally Done?

I have read over my manuscript fives times, even though it's been professionally edited, I still have been changing things. I was happy with the editing I received and put the story away for two weeks before I started tweaking. I tweak and believe, "Ok this is It!"  Then I go back and read it over again and I start cutting and adding new passages and words. I would like to think that it's good enough, that this is my rookie novel and isn't going to be perfect. However, I want whoever reads it to read a well-crafted story. I'm not concerned about making money( even though it would be nice!) with the novel, as I know the reality that indie-writers face. My plan is to build up a readership(is that a word?) and a following so I can entertain those who are reading the stories I write. I think after a few books (and hopefully many readers),  some success will be there as I have no plans to quit my day-job. Does anyone have any comments or advice on when they know that their story is done?  Thanks again for reading!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Now that baseball is over....

November is finally here and I have to say that I am kind of glad it is. The weather in the northeast is changing and the distractions that have been present recently are going away. I was smack-dab in the middle of going over the editing of my novel "Scammer" when I became caught up with the World Series. I am glad the Cardinals won and now my nights are free to go over my story. I had my novel edited and I was quite happy with the work the editor did. I couldn't afford some I had checked about online, so I enlisted the services of an English teacher who bartered with me for some pest control service. I now have time to go over the edit and make sure I like it. Some passages were changed slightly, while some removed completely. My question to myself is: How do I know that the editing done what it should be? The editor did tell me that this was his review of the book. I wonder how it would be viewed by another editor. I had put a few sample chapters online in online writing forums ,"Fanstory" and "Reviewfuse" and have had differing opinions. Some people liked it, others hated it; guess I can't make everyone happy! Had anybody had that thought that if your story was edited by multiple editors that you would get different versions. I would say yes and then which version would you choose? Thanks for reading and I hope I have more time to write now that Big Band Theory is on almost every night!