Panic editing, pitching and other messy processes.

I am bang, smack in the middle of rewriting (and I mean rewriting) my cosy mystery story. I received some exceedingly valuable feedback from an agent about this piece, and what it needs to reach a marketable point. Scary advice – but once I stopped sulking, and really looked it, I realised that she was right. The suggested changes will make a huge difference to the readability (and saleability) of the piece.

So now I’m in the middle of an anxiety-producing rewrite. I have no idea if I’m going to make the Easter deadline either. Having said that, it cheered me greatly to see a post from a fellow writer on a facebook writers group (of which I am a member). She said that it had taken her 18 months to (a) deal with the feedback, (b) redraft her story, and (c) finish the draft to a submittable level. Good to know that I’m not the only one paralysed by fear at the prospect of a rewrite. So, its onwards and upwards with that one.

And just to make my writers journey more challenging, I’ve finished the rewrite of my new junior grade fiction novel, prepared the pitching materials and synopsis, and am about to embark of the process of submitting it to various publishers. Expect that rejection widget to see some action over the next three months. Hey, you never know, I may actually get an acceptance/show of interest!.

Fingers crossed. Keep up your writing!

 

How to edit a print proof – Free checklist for download.

pexels-photoCongratulation! You’re nearly there. Your book has gone through multiple edits, numerous changes, and many an eye has been cast over the text. It’s been sent to the printers (be it through a self-publishing firm or a traditional publisher) and you’ve now been sent a document to review.

What’s a print-proof?

A print-proof shows you what your book is going to look like on the page – it will show you the exact size of the page in fact. This is your last chance to edit, alter and make any corrections before your book goes to print/upload.

Need more information?

You can download a free PDF print-proof editing information sheet and checklist here: editing-your-print-proof-checklist

You can access the PDF and a Word version (also free) which you can edit for yourself via the Resources for Writers Page.