Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Editing, Editing, Editing

I'm doing line edits right now for UNLUCKY, and I'm really learning a lot from the process. For RUMBLE, my editor line edited herself and I never really say what she was doing unless I compared the old to the new, literally word by word and comma by comma. For this one, she's using the Track Changes feature in Word and I can see every space, comma, word that has been changed/deleted. In some cases, she's also put in a description of why she's making the change.

It's a great experience because I'm learning so much about how the editors cut/change in books to make them ready for production. At first, I opened the file and almost fell out of my chair - what in God's name is all that red, I thought. Most of it has been no big deal as far as editing goes. But the overall change to the novel is going to be grand. It's simply amazing how a word or two can change the punch to a paragraph/scene.

I've taken the liberty of forwarding the first couple of chapters to my cp's so that they can hopefully learn what my editor is looking for and in that way better assist me in getting the product closer to perfect before she sees it.

By the time I'm done with these edits, galleys, etc., I'm guessing I will have read this manuscript 30-40 times. As of today, I still haven't read RUMBLE in published format. I've found that most writer's don't read their books after publication. Probably because we're so tired of them after analyzing every thought/emotion/body part/description/word, etc. after all those months that we don't want to do it again. And there's the other side too - no matter how much you work on your novel, you will always read it and want to change something. So best not to read something that is no longer changeable.

So just to let you faithful readers out there know - there IS a next book and it is close to production time and I promise you'll be reading something again from me. :)


Jaye Wells said...

When I worked for magazines, I had a she-devil managing editor who would hand stuff back to me so covered in read I swore she was sacrificing small woodland creatures over them.

Her edits taught me more about writing than any book or workshop ever has.

Jaye Wells said...

Whoops, that should say "red" not "read."

Tori Lennox said...

So just to let you faithful readers out there know - there IS a next book and it is close to production time and I promise you'll be reading something again from me.

Woohoo!!!! And there was much rejoicing! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to hear you have another book coming out...and in the not too distant future by the sounds of it.

Will this one also take place in Gator Bait?


Jana DeLeon said...

lol, Jaye - Freudian slip???? I hear ya about the learning process. This is definitely teaching me a ton!

tori - I told you it was coming. :)

Hi Kelly - No, I'm sorry. This one will not be in Gator Bait. It is set in the town of Royal Flush, Louisiana - so named because it is home to the world's largest manufacturer of port-a-johns. :)

Tori Lennox said...

Well, yeah, I knew it was coming, but that doesn't mean I can't get excited anyway, does it? *g*

And ROFL over the reason for the town's name!!!

Jana DeLeon said...

Hey, I love excitement!!! If I ever get this book done and over with, I might get excited myself. :) Glad you like the name. My cp was with me when I thought of it. She's still sorta shell-shocked.

Wendy Roberts said...

Hey, I just blogged about my copy edits before visiting you :)

Woo hoo! I'm excited that you're doing line edits 'cause that means it won't be long now before I can run out and buy Unlucky! :)

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi Wendy! I'll have to go check out your blog. If only readers knew just how tedius it is to actually get a book into production. :)

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