It’s taken all week, combined with work on other projects, but I’ve finally finished my paper edit. Here’s the “after” photo (the “before” photo can be seen here):
The next stage is to put my amendments into my WIP’s file on Scrivener, and then I think it’s time to send it off to the professional editor. I might read it through once more first. Or maybe I shouldn’t. Eek, I don’t know.
I can tell already that my main issue with editing is going to be knowing when to stop. I’m pretty good at figuring that out with short stories as I’ve had a lot more practice there, but can the same principles be applied to editing a novel? How much I like my novel depends on what part I’m reading and what mood I’m in.
I don’t think that I, like many writers, will ever be able to read it through without wanting to change something, but I don’t want to get caught up in an endless cycle of tweaking! So how do you know when to stop?
I know some people say that if you’re self-publishing, start with the ebook and then follow up with the POD paperback a few months later. That way, if you do have to make any changes in the first few months (which is apparently when any hiccups or errors are most likely to show up), you only have to update the ebook file.
I was already planning to release the ebook first, for two main reasons. Firstly, it spreads the work out for me, but secondly, I’m pretty sure that I’ll sell more ebooks than paperbacks. Let’s face it: I’m an unknown author, and the cost of an ebook is less of an investment for someone giving my novel a try.
But I’m also sure that I won’t want to put my novel out there until it’s as near to perfect as I can get it. And that’s why I’m worrying about knowing where to stop when editing. Otherwise my novel may never get published!
In other news, I went to see Les Miserables earlier in the week. What can I say? What an amazing film! I loved that they didn’t record the songs in a studio. It was much more raw and emotional that way (and I was in floods of tears on more than one occasion). It was pretty draining for me, though, and by the end of it I was regretting our decision to go to Morrisons to do the food shopping on the way home!
Going back to editing, what do you think? When you’re editing a novel, how do you know when enough is enough?