Today I got my final package of edits from my editor! I should have all of them in there and the story should be all buttoned up within the next few days! Once I finish this, I feel comfortable moving on to the next book I have been brainstorming about (and dreaming about) for a while now. This is my queue that I need to write again, all these ideas I have are getting bottled up in my mind and need to be released! So these edits coming through are perfect in their timing so I can finish up Break Away and move on to its sequel.
HOWEVER, in adding these edits and delving into my story yet again, I have found that I will need to do some editing of my own. Without going into all the plot details, my main character Rose goes from a “green” rookie cop to a hardened survivor by the end of the novel. In re-reading, I have Rose participating in the killing of some agents looking to capture and possibly kill her, however, the ease by which she makes this decision is too early I think as it’s only about a quarter of the way in. While I don’t think I will change the outcome of the scene as killing the agents is the only way out as I wrote it and I like it that way. I think making this scene more emotionally draining and making Rose’s decision to go through with what she has to do more difficult, I think this will satisfy the doubts I have. This will likely require another full re-read/edit of my novel by me though…oh well. Also, my editor suggested a possible reprieve for a character that dies near the end of my book. I like how it’s written, but it is something I will need to seriously consider.
All I have to say is, anyone who doesn’t use someone else to edit their book is really missing out. It’s great to have an outside perspective and I will likely “lend out” the book to friends/family once I feel I am truly finished to get their overall thoughts. Who knew editing could be so exciting!
And the journey continues…