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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Progress Report -- Back to the Manuscript
About two months ago I emailed my completed manuscript to my publisher. Yesterday, it came back with notes and edits.
So it's back to work.
I must admit that I was kinda enjoying the break from the manuscript. I attended three book-signing events in April, selling a few books, expanding my network with other authors, engaging new readers, and making a few friends.
I haven't opened the documents. I told my editor that it will probably be a few days before I delve into the contents that contain edits, suggestions, and grammatical and typo fixes that should tighten and strengthen the story.
So why haven't I started the editing process?
I need to be in the right frame of mind. It's not something that I can do for a few days, take a few days off, and go back to it. Once I get started, I go from beginning to end. I have to stay focused. I find it mentally exhausting, even though I know there will be a degree of exhilaration when it's over.
The novel, a sequel to "Old Ways and New Days," is scheduled to be released on Nov. 1. I don't plan to sit on the edits very long (maybe a day or two) because I have other things to do between now and then, such as work with the publisher on a cover, marketing and promotion.
And once I finish the formal editing phase, which includes reviewing the galley proof, I plan to start on the next book in the series. So I have lots to do. Now to get focused.
Until the next time. . . .