I was naive last week. Naive to think that getting my book back from my proofreader would be easy. That I would just make the changes in a couple of days and whooosh, I’d be off to sending query letters. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Maybe it could’ve happened if I just pressed “accept all changes,” did a cursory clean-up, and considered myself done. But nooo, I wanted to learn from my mistakes. Oy vey!
Suffice it to say, I’m not getting to query letters this week as I’d hoped. This is a bit of a downer, but hopefully for all the right reasons. I am learning a ton from going through the proofreading (I’ll get to lessons learned in a second) and I’m really glad I had her do track-changes so I could see every last fix.
I am also glad to say that through sheer brute force, I have cleaned up every track change she sent me. This means that after pouring through my book line by line in microscopic detail, I must now also step back and look at the big picture one last time and take time to re-read it. I started the re-reading process yesterday (out loud, as many people have suggested, which is such a good idea for editing but takes forever) and it’s been invaluable. For example, in one dinner scene my editor and I have both missed that the main character Will hands Molly a beer, and then a couple pages later hands her the beer again. Yep, re-reads are worth it. But, thankfully, there have been relatively few glaring moments like that and mostly the re-reads are re-affirming my belief in my book. It’s actually a damn good read.
So yes, thank you for your support of me sending out query letters. I’m fully anticipating I’ll be able to send that blog post out next week instead. Fingers crossed agents will be receiving letters soon!
For now, I thought I’d share the top things I’ve learned from going through the proofreader’s work.
So yes, it’s been a long week. My eyes are kind of googly and I want to be done, but I have to remind myself that this is the good stuff. This is polishing the finished product. This is getting close to the finish line of this leg of the triathlon. And this is me bettering myself. So, yes, I’m glad to be here. And I’ve learned a lot.