Got the initial edits back for The Blue Paradise. I’m always nervous before opening that document the first time. I wonder how bad it’s going to be and how much time it will take.
I’m two-thirds of the way through it and having fun re-reading the story. The edits have been minor. Stuff I forgot, like commas. This editor often quoted the source in comments as she indicated a correction. That was pretty cool. And she checked place names to make sure they were right. Very thorough.
What I enjoy most about the initial edit is when the editor leaves personal remarks about something in the story. It indicates an involvement with the character(s) that’s not part of their job.
Right now, my eyes are bleary though, and my head is swimming from several hours of intent reading. I’m seriously thinking about a nap. The weather has turned cool and overcast, too, which helps reinforce my need to lay down and close my eyes for a while.
I’m pretty sure I’ll get this edit finished and emailed back tonight. From there, it either comes back to me for another round or goes straight to the line editor.
In six to eight weeks, it’ll be released. This process–writing, editing, publishing, release–never gets old. I feel a little thrill every damn time.
If only I could make some money at it. ;/