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

 

Being Interesting

I came across a blog post while looking at my friends’ FB posts today.  According to Jessica Hagy’s post on the Forbes website entitled, How to Be More Interesting (in 10 Easy Steps), a person can be more interesting by:

1. Go exploring
2. Share what you discover
3. Do something. Anything
4. Embrace your innate weirdness
5. Have a cause
6. Minimize the swagger
7. Give it a shot
8. Hop off the bandwagon
9. Grow a pair
10. Ignore the scolds

(for more info on any of these topics, see the blog).

It’s interesting because when I read #3 (in which she encourages people to create, etc.), I realized that writers do this all the time.  Which made me think that many of these are things that writers do without thinking about it.

After all, as writers we explore our worlds and the worlds of others when we write, read, and critique . . . and don’t we often have to research or try something new so we can write about it well?  That’s  #1.  Writing, in itself, is sharing what we discover.  That’s #2.  And we readily create (#3). 

Let’s face it . . . we’re weird (#4).  (In fact, I read another blog about writers’ quirks today.  Check it out: http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/01/writers-quirks/ ).

Some writers (though not all) are concerned about a given topic and choose to write about it (#5), and many writers strive to write an original story instead of following what’s already out there (#8).  Making a living in writing . . . even just putting your writing out there, takes guts (#9).  And, often, we have to face negative criticism (#10).

Do you see that?  Out of 10, many writers are already actively doing 8 of these.  Get this!  We are interesting people. Writers are interesting people.

I know a lot of times, I think I’m a pretty boring person.  I can’t do well on FB or twitter because I never think I have anything interesting to say.  So it’s nice to prove to myself that I actually have something to say that someone may want to hear. 

So what about you?

Do you think you’re boring sometimes? What makes you interesting?  What are your writer’s quirks?

This list is taken from “How to Be More Interesting (in 10 Easy Steps)” by Jessica Hagy, written 11/30/2011, and accessed 1/6/12 at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/2011/11/30/how-to-be-interesting/