The Rest of the Story

No pun intended!

Readers have no idea how much work goes into writing a book. The actual writing is the very least of it. Once a manuscript is complete, it’s given to several critical readers, also called beta readers, to ferret out the glitches, the inconsistencies, the places the story bogs down and identifying what might confuse readers.

My publisher has recently issued a dictum to the staff about the amount of time an editor will have to spend on spelling/grammar/punctuation errors in terms of evaluating a manuscript’s candidacy for a contract. I don’t disagree because time IS money and it’s inexcusable to submit something that isn’t as good as it can be. It’s tedious and time-consuming to put every chapter through a style check like Autocrit or Grammerly or ProWritingAid, but it’s easy enough to do. And now it must be done.

RewardAndRecognitionThat’s even before the editor has sunk his or her teeth into one’s work. I personally think writing and editing are two sides of the same process and don’t resent making revisions. I’ve learned A LOT from editing and it’s made me a better writer because I have a much better sense of what to leave out, rather than having it eliminated later. The goal is to produce a tightly constructed novel with no veering story lines.

I’ve also learned that, the better it is going in, the sooner it will come out the other end. The satisfaction of learning when your book will be available on Amazon is the reward.


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.

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