Writing Is Revising

First, you write the novel. Then you submit a “query letter” to a publisher and wait for a response. You’re elated when you get an email back, quickly, from a senior editor, requesting that you send the entire manuscript for a “full read” by the editor on her staff to whom she’s assigned it. Then you wait for what seems like…forever.

FINALLY! You are offered a contract so you get to work, writing a synopsis, a blurb and identifying some excerpts, as requested. You fill out a form for the art department, with regard to your cover. Then you wait for what seems like…forever.

You create a Facebook page for your author persona and a Twitter account. You start writing a weekly blog to generate interest in your upcoming book and to start developing your author platform. You work on Book 2 in the meantime….and finish it. You start working on Book 3.

FINALLY! You receive an email from your editor, with your first round of edits. 4,625 of them. You think, holy crap! Your editor has been very thorough and is very skilled so, once you roll up your sleeves, it’s not that bad. Actually, it’s exciting and gratifying, and it only takes a week of concentrated effort.

Then you wait some more, for the second round of edits. You start thinking about Book 4 and it takes shape in your mind.

You hope the second round of edits suffices and the third won’t be necessary so it can go on to the proofreader.

Opened Paperback

There’s an old saying, “You can make a good book better, but you can’t make a bad book good.” There’s a lot more to releasing a book, if it’s done right, than slapping words on a page, and it sure doesn’t happen overnight.


Author: linnhemccarron

Have completed four Contemporary Fiction/Romance novels in The Riverwood Series. The first was released in August 2018; the second is under contract and in the process of edits. The third book and fourth books are in the queue. The fifth is now the current work-in-progress. The setting is Big South Fork, Tennessee which is known as "The Trailriding Capital of the Southeast" so these stories will all appeal to horse lovers who love to read books about horses.

2 thoughts on “Writing Is Revising”

    1. Thanks for the compliment! The writing is great fun and, most of the time, words fly on to the page. There’s still a lot of work to be done by my editor, the publisher’s proofreader, the blurb committee, the cover artist etc. before a book gets to print. I’ll probably have finished Book 3 by the time Book 1 has a release date.


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