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October 2015

Working with an Editor

Working with an editor on Incite Insight is an interesting experience. I had my previous novel and short stories read by up to a dozen or so people before I shared them more widely. Despite this many errors (typos, layout/formatting) still remained in what I was sending out to publishers or promoting to my friends and family. Most people would not notice or overlook some of the mistakes, but my editor is catching them and making practical suggestions for the text.

I had previously had a “manuscript assessment” done on Incite Insight, but all that did was say things like the dialogue needed work, without explaining exactly what was wrong with the dialogue or how to improve it. My editor picked up on the same issue right away (without knowing about the assessment), but then pointed out what was wrong – I did not use enough contractions in the speech (couldn’t, wouldn’t etc) and some of the language was too formal. Actual helpful advice! The conversations were good, but just needed a bit of a polish. No need to return to the dialogue drawing board (as implied by the manuscript assessment), just edit a few words here and there to give it more life.

Although we’re only a fifth of the way through the edit, I am enjoying the process and am taking the feedback well. I am really happy with the story, want people to read it and really want to get it published and out there. I am unlikely to make the same mistakes that I did with The Conversationist thanks to dealing with a publisher (Tale Publishing), but this also means that it won’t be published until it’s properly ready. Hopefully, this will be soon!

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Editing and an Update on My Next Novel.

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Editing and an Update on My Next Novel.

The first draft of my next novel – Incite Insight – was completed over a year ago. I have since completed many new drafts of it, in order to avoid the mistakes I made when self-publishing my first novel.

Early reviews from fellow writers, “critical” friends and friends have been very positive and this book overall has a different feel about it to my previous one. With The Conversationist, I liked people to know I’d written a book, but got embarrassed when they read it (it was a very personal story) but with Incite Insight, I want people to read it as I think it is an entertaining story and don’t care if they know I’m the author or not.

At the moment I am hoping Incite Insight will be published towards the end of November. The good folks at Tale Publishing are going to publish my book.

To this end I am in the process of getting it professionally edited. This is an interesting process. There are two main types of edit – a structural edit and a line edit. The former relates to plot, characters (and characterisation) and setting, whereas the line edit is as it sounds a line by line reading of the manuscript for grammar and style. Both are important in producing a quality finished product. My novel is getting both, which will mean more drafts prior to publication.

I’m looking forward to getting the story out there as I think its something people will enjoy, but I am also looking forward to moving on to my next projects: two anthologies with my writers group, a short story collection and my next novel…

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