This past Sunday the edits, suggestions, and compliments on the manuscript appeard in my inbox. I've spent the past two days revewing them, and tomorrow evening my editor and I will have a phone conference - hashing out the details that will bring my story to life.
My editor firmly believes in being my cheerleader. Here are some of the Hip-hip-horray's I
· The content was gripping and I wanted to keep reading.
· Powerful story of a mother’s love and hard decisions.
· You have a nice tone in the writing and you have pulled me in with the story
· Overall, you used good PUGS (punctuation, usage, grammar, spelling/syntax/semantics) with only
a few errors noted in the sample edit.
· You used beats very nicely with your dialogue. Way to go!
As with any working manuscript there were some areas that could use some tweaking. Here is what I am working on revising before I send it back for a second review:
· Ensuring that I consitently use the same tense throughout the manuscript
· Avoid filtering in the first person
· Reducing the number of -ly words
· Removing redundant phrases and unneeded words (I had the word "just" 50 times in the first 30
· Writing tight
Revisions can often seem like a tireless job. There have been many times when I've spent an hour or more on just one paragraph. But do you know why I do it? Because it makes the story that much better! A simple rephrasing can give a whole new meaning to a sentence, drawing the reader right in. When the reader is engaged, they will keep turning pages to find out what happens next.
And for you my dear blog readers...you will have to wait to find out what happened on my phone conference until my next post. What advice will the editor have for me? Keep checking back to find out!