The joys of a well-written edit letter.

Yesterday, my editors sent me my first official edits. Not on the whole book, just on a particular section they want me to revamp before the in-depth editing begins in January. When I opened the file and looked at the five-page edit letter and the rainbow of track changes and comments within the actual story, two thoughts ran through my head simultaneously:

Dear lord I think I’m going to die…

And

OMG YAY! SOMEONE WILLING TO TEAR MY BOOK APART AND HELP ME PUT IT BACK TOGETHER BETTER!

And the first thought only lasted for about as long as it took me to think it. That’s because THIS is one of the handful of reasons I’ve been holding out for the “traditional” publishing model instead of trying to self publish. I wanted someone invested in my story who was excited about the characters and who really wanted to help me make the book better than the first draft. I struck gold with Spencer Hill. I don’t have one someone. I have three. And if this is an example of what they do on preliminary projects, I’m both excited and terrified to see what they give me when it’s time to really dig into the book as a whole. Can’t wait to get started!

If I ever start complaining about revisions come 2013, someone point me toward this post, kay? 🙂

4 thoughts on “The joys of a well-written edit letter.

  1. Erica Cameron

    Thanks! Luckily, I LOVE getting edits. Love it, love it, love it! I mean, depending on how critical the critique is, there may be a period of time between five minute and five days where you don't want to talk to me, but for the most part, it gives me all the things to fix I couldn't find myself! It's fabulous. I just hope I can actually fix everything they want me too. O.O…

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