So you've written a book.
TIME TO QUERY-PARTY!
TIME TO REVISE? (yay! Revisions...! mumbles...)
Right! So what happens when you revise?
- Look for the "big picture stuff" like:
- Character development
- Overall story arc
- Don't worry about:
Not so fast, young whippersnapper. Now it's time to EDIT!
Wha? Didn't we just...?
Now it's time to go back and do that spelling/grammar/formatting stuff that you ignored earlier. It's best to not try to do them both at the same time. You want to be focusing on that story problem, not comma splices, when you do revisions. Then, when it's time to edit, you won't have to worry about plot holes as you zap those adjectives! Adding stuff in, taking stuff out... If you're rearranging and shuffling and making a mess of your novel while trying to copyedit too, you'll be wasting time and mental energy.
Now you should let your book sit. For like a month or more. And then--
Yeah, the longer the better. Get yourself away from that book and work on another book for awhile distance yourself. Read some books.
It's okay. After some time, bring that book back out and repeat both revisions and edits. I bet you'll find some more mistakes! And we want our books to be the best we can, right? Right!
So then after another round of revisions and edits, now you can
Now you can send it to alpha readers, and beta readers, and critique partners, and maybe even hire a freelance editor! And then do MORE revisions and edits!
Yeah, lots of edits. But it's a tough market out there. You want your book to be the cream of the crop. Don't give agents/pub houses a reason to pass on your book. Make them fight over you.
AGENTFIGHT! AGENTFIGHT! AGENTFIGHT!
Ok, calm down.
So now that you've revised and edited and you've made it the best possible book you can make it...
~~~C.A. Marshall is a freelance editor, lit agent intern, YA writer, and loves to play with her dog Mollie. She dreams of one day owning a small house near the water, preferably in England, with a shelf full of books she has written and has helped others to write. She is currently single. And unagented. She can be found in Emmett, MI and at camarshall.com