My Journey in Editing II

A few weeks ago, I chronicled my adventures in editing my upcoming book Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. Up to that point, I had undergone 3 types of editing with my publisher, Clean Reads. This week I underwent one more. So I’ve decided to update my understanding of the different types of edits. This time, I’ve got research under my belt.

Pre-Edits

**Going by my experiences, this is pretty much the same as what I thought . However, the definition I found of the term “pre-edits” has something to do with preparing a manuscript before machine translation. Since my book is not currently being translated I don’t think this definition applies to my manuscript–unless I’m missing something . . . which is possible . . .**

This process is something I went through with both of my traditionally published books. Basically, it’s conforming the manuscript to the publisher’s specific formatting requirements–such as having only one space after a period, or all numbers should be written out, or the removal of certain words the publisher doesn’t like. Doing all this first saves time later.

It’s a bit of a tedious process, and I found out I use the word “that” more than I should. But it also tightens up the manuscript. All told, not to bad. But it took a longer time than I thought it would.

Content Edits

***Also called “developmental,” “structural,” or “substantive” editing. Again, this is pretty much what I thought it was.***

This is where the editor goes through and suggests changes to your manuscript. With my first book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, my editor suggested removing a large chunk of my story and revise some of the character interactions. I did so, and it made the story so much better. This time around the content editing was minimal.

This is the process that can be a little hard for a writer to bear. Your editor will take a good look at your story and be brutally honest about what needs to be changed. However, all the editors I’ve ever worked with are so supportive that even when major changes were suggested, I felt comfortable accepting their criticisms. And it helps to remember that they want your story to work as much as you do. In the end, though, the decision was mine to make.

Line Edits

**Again, pretty much the same as what I thought. A line editor goes through, catches grammar mistakes, etc. However, I was mistaken when I assumed this is the proofing process.**

Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon is the first time I’ve worked with a line editor, and all I have to say is, “Where have you been all my life?” From my understanding, the line editor is the typo catcher. Mine caught grammar mistakes, awkward sentences, missing words, and things like that. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Proof Edits

This is the process I underwent this week. During this process my editor found typos and missing words, etc.  In my current experience, the proof editor overlapped with the line editor. Both of them found typos and such. But even with all the editing this manuscript has undergone thus far, the proof editor still found typos and missing words. I’m soo glad she came to my rescue!

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And there you have it. My continuing journey in editing. I’m so excited to work with this team–everyone seems to love the book as much as I do! Thank you, Clean Reads! Thank you!

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For a clearer, better understanding on the types of edits, please see these sites. They are the ones I referenced for this post:

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/amandaonwriting-four-types-of-book-editing-1/

https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/04/4-levels-of-editing-explained-which-service-does-your-book-need/

http://www.archwaypublishing.com/Resources/Editing-and-Design/The-Different-Types-of-Editing.aspx

http://contentrules.com/do-you-know-the-difference-between-pre-editing-and-post-editing/

https://www.taus.net/knowledgebase/index.php/Pre-editing

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

ECLIPSE DAY!!!

It’s finally here! Eclipse day!

This morning, I thought I was so smart. I thought to myself, “I’ll leave my house so I can get to the library at 10. That way, I’ll be at the front of the line.” Then I’d get my eclipse glasses, spend the day at the library until the event starts, and see the eclipse. Perfect!

Except people had the same idea as me . . . but better. Some were there at 6 and 7 in the morning. Others had chairs set up waiting to get glasses. Talk about DEDICATION! The line was sooo long, and the library wasn’t handing out glasses until 1pm. But my sister and I stuck it out, and they decided to give out tickets so we didn’t have to stand in line all day. So I got me a ticket for the glasses! YAY!

golden ticket
The golden ticket . . . except it’s blue.

So my sister and I did some work at the library while we were waiting until we heard the announcement to line up for the glasses. I was so excited I walked out with a bunch of unchecked out library books. But I got them checked out and got in line for the glasses. It was a MADHOUSE! Lots of people were there wanting glasses–most without tickets. My sister and I got ours. It was fantastic.

The eclipse has started now, and as I wait for the moment the moon will cover the sun the most, I want to share with you a little more about my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  I’ve been mentioning the book quite a bit because I’m excited for it. It was inspired by my eldest nephew and my only niece as well as the verse, Joshua 10: 12b-13a (NIV), which goes thusly,

     “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

I’ve always been fascinated by that verse and so many of the themes and royal titles in the story come from this.

As for the inspiration from my niece and nephew: when she was a baby, my niece used to sleep all day and be active at night. My nephew, being older, did the opposite. So that gave rise to the story concept of “day people” (those who get energy from the sun and sleep at night) versus “night people” (those who gets energy from the moon and sleep during the day).

In any case, as I’ve mentioned before, the book contains a solar eclipse which is why I’m thinking about it today. And to celebrate the eclipse here is a book blurb of Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon–the one I originally wrote. I’m still in edits with my publisher, so it may not be the final version, but this is the spirit of the book:

For years the Moon Palace in the Valley of Aijalon and the Sun Tower in the Plains of Jashar has stood as testaments to the power of the sun and the graciousness of the moon.  Helio and Lumina, Guardians of the sun and moon, kept watch over them and the Prince and the Princess who ruled them.  But the Prince and Princess are missing, and the sun is exhibiting strange behavior.

Now Joshua and his younger sister, Deborah, must untangle a web of lies and deceit to uncover the secret of who they really are and save their world from an imminent disaster brewing in the heavens.  And they must hurry.  Between the earthquakes, the sun and moon standing still in the sky, and the planet Jants hovering closer than it’s ever been, the planet could be torn apart before they have a chance to do something about it.

So that’s that! I can’t wait to share more with you about this book and its release.

And now . . . I go outside to enjoy my glasses.

Until next time,

*heart* M.R. Anglin

Eclipse and Books

The Eclipse is coming! I’m so excited for it. I’ve always wanted to see a total eclipse. Unfortunately, I won’t be in an area where I can see the total eclipse, but I will be able to see a partial one. Monday morning, I’m heading out to the library to go to their viewing event. Free solar eclipse glasses FOR THE WIN!

“Coincidentally” my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon features a solar eclipse as a main plot point.  I don’t have a release date yet, but this is too good a chance to pass up. So to celebrate, I’ll be disclosing the tentative book blurb and perhaps post an excerpt from the book.

Hopefully, I’ll remember to take good pictures of the eclipse to post here, too. I’m so excited! XD

I hope you’ll join me Monday!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Journeys in Editing

This week, I completed another round of editing with for my upcoming YA fantasy adventure book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  It was such a pleasant process and a bit different from the last book I released with a publisher. So I thought I’d give a brief overview of the different types of editing you have to undergo when you get traditionally published.

Pre-Edits

This process is something I went through with both of my traditionally published books. Basically, it’s conforming the manuscript to the publisher’s specific formatting requirements–such as having only one space after a period, or all numbers should be written out, or the removal of certain words the publisher doesn’t like. Doing all this first saves time later.

It’s a bit of a tedious process, and I found out I use the word “that” more than I should. But it also tightens up the manuscript. All told, not to bad. But it took a longer time than I thought it would.

Content Edits

This is where the editor goes through and suggests changes to your manuscript. With my first book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, my editor suggested removing a large chunk of my story and revise some of the character interactions. I did so, and it made the story so much better. This time around the content editing was minimal.

This is the process that can be a little hard for a writer to bear. Your editor will take a good look at your story and be brutally honest about what needs to be changed. However, all the editors I’ve ever worked with are so supportive that even when major changes were suggested, I felt comfortable accepting their criticisms. And it helps to remember that they want your story to work as much as you do. In the end, though, the decision was mine to make.

Line Edits

Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon is the first time I’ve worked with a line editor, and all I have to say is, “Where have you been all my life?” From my understanding, the line editor is the typo catcher. Mine caught grammar mistakes, awkward sentences, missing words, and things like that. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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So that’s my journey into editing so far. I am waiting on my release date, the book cover, and everything else, but I’ll keep you posted on all that.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Useless Words

As I mentioned last week, I signed a contract with a book publisher for one of my manuscripts. This week, the editor had me run through pre-edits. It’s a list of items that all authors must comply with before they get into the editing process.

What an eye opener!

Two things I learned by going through this process: 1. I am a much better writer than I was when I finished that manuscript. 2. Useless words can plague a manuscript.

One of the items they sent me was a list of words they wanted cut. Can I tell you, you don’t know how much you use a particular word until you’re asked to remove it.

By the time I finished, I had cut a total of 1,913 words of useless words, phrases, and sentences–which doesn’t sound like much, until you consider that’s approximately 8 double spaced, 1″ margin-ed pages. Yes, *8*! YIKES!

Now, I consider myself a good writer, but I was astonished at how many overused words crept into my writing.

So take the time to cut those insipid words and phrases from your manuscript. Is there a phrase you’ve repeated a lot? Try to find a way to re-write them. And don’t be afraid if page after page winds up on the cutting room floor. Your manuscript will be better for it.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

An Exciting Week!

This has been an exciting week for me.

First, you may have noticed that the website has a new look. That’s because I decided to change my webhost on Monday. And what followed was a Memorial Day full of frustration and anger—all founded on the fact that I bought the wrong plan. The good news is that the support team was so nice, refunded my money, and I was able to get my website transferred successfully today. Some of the pictures on the posts are gone, but I can and will restore them in the next few weeks.

After that, I found out that Gods with Fur, the anthology one of my short stories was included in, won the award it was nominated for. You can see the stream of the award ceremony here:

(The anthologies’ award starts at 28:19). I’m so excited about that. It was shaping up to be a good day.

And then I got an e-mail.

A publishing company I had submitted my manuscript, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon, to decided to accept it for publication! I signed the contract on Wednesday, and now I am in the editing process. I’ll be sure to provide more details as I move along.

In addition, I finished inking the last page of Chapter 3 of the Silver Foxes graphic novel. On to writing Chapter 4!

So it’s been a good week. Yeah, a very good week!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

An Old Wound Rears its Head . . .

A short time ago I asked the people on my writing blog to let me know what they wanted me to write about. (I was running out of ideas). And what should they ask, but how to write humor and how to put emotion into your writing?

*sigh*

I have no idea about how to write humor, so that’s something I’ll have to research. But the emotion thing . . .

I used to feel solid about reaching my readers emotionally until I got a harsh critique from an editor I was querying–they said my dialogue was sterile and emotionless. It drained my confidence, and I’m still getting over it. But instead of shying away like I would have at one point in my life, I moved forward. But I still couldn’t put my finger on what the editor was talking about. What connects readers to writing?

But thinking about this question my reader asked, I think I have it:

-Character

-Plot

-Word Choice

At the very least those three topics are a start. See, you need a character that readers will identify with—someone they care about. Otherwise, who cares if anything happens to them? Then the plot needs to create a vivid environment where they can feel the danger or sadness or whatever. Then the word choice will underscore the characterization and the plot. Stronger words=stronger writing.

As I continue to think about and prepare to post on this topic, I may come up with more ideas on how to put emotion in writing. But I’m glad I figured out where to start.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin