|The top one is the big changes; the bottom one is the line-edit that makes sure the big changes make sense.
Looking at it this way makes me wonder why I write such long books.
The revision is in.
It went in Friday afternoon actually, and I crashed the way you crash after finals – sleep-deprived, mentally exhausted, and more pleased at completing the work than at the final product of your labors. This revision was tougher than usual. With that one big change I mentioned earlier, I think I ended up rewriting about 25% of the manuscript. Sometimes, I ripped out the best bits from the old scene and threaded new material around it to make it fit. Sometimes, it was completely new.
It was worth it, though. I really believe the book flows about a thousand times better this way. I’ll know for sure after my new editor takes a look.
That’s my other big news: I have a new editor!
Courtney Bongiolatti – the enthusiastic and astute editor, who acquired the books and ushered Of Giants and Ice into copy-editing and beyond – is leaving the industry. I was incredibly sad when I found out – Courtney loves the books SO much, and she just gets Rory; we’ve always been on the same page with revisions – it was hard to see her go. But at the same time, I’m absolutely delighted for her – glad she’s starting this new phase of her life, and grateful she got Rory on the right track.
It also helps that my new editor – Julia Maguire – is similarly awesome. She worked with Courtney on Of Giants and Ice, and when I was too brain fried with my line edit to think of anything besides long lists of words, she and my agent Jo came up for a FANTASTIC title for The Ever Afters 2.
I’m actually not sure if I can share that title yet. Hmmmm. I’ll need to check.
Julia has promised to get notes to me by Monday, so revising resumes next week!
Which means two things: First, I’m hurrying to get my To-Do list done before then. Yesterday, I cleaned my apartment with the ferocity of a tornado armed with a broom and lysol bathroom spray. Today, I need to race around to printers to get some quotes on Ever Afters swag.
And secondly, I’m devouring books at an insane rate in order to recharge my creative battery.
|My current TBR pile|
I need the mysteries, because there’s a mystery element in The Ever Afters 2 that I’m not sure I totally pulled off. I finished Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money last night and enjoyed it like whoa.
I try not to read in my own genre while I’m revising, so I’m SUPER excited about the middle grade. I feel like there’s been a hole in my life without it. *hugs library books*