I’m done! I’m over my first hurdle. I have no illusions that it will be my last, or that there are not very many hurdles in front of me. No, I’m in it for the long haul, even if it means being recognized posthumously – hah – just kidding.
I’m starting into the reviewing and editing stage. This whole process of writing to publishing has been quite a learning experience. I think the most challenging part is surrounding myself with people who have been through the experience, or know someone who will be able to help, and can be a mentor to me through the process. There is still so much to learn. But, enough of that.
Actually, let’s talk editing. I’m working really hard to put out a complete and accurate product and yet I read novels by popular authors, published by large companies, read by professional and probably highly paid editors, where I find mistakes, misspellings, words left out of a sentence, etc. I’m not saying I have to be any less diligent, (that’s not me – I’m a little obsessive when it comes to putting something on paper) I’m just saying that I will forgive myself the occasional misspelled word or incomplete sentence.
Have you found errors? And try as I might, while I’m reading and really getting into the story, to get through the page without pausing because the character is in a really dangerous place and I just have to see how it is resolved, I come to a complete stop when my eyes see the error. I almost, but not quite, have to go right back to the top and start over (not really, but almost). Hopefully, that won’t happen to readers of my book.
What is my book, you ask? It is a thriller along the lines of a Dean Koontz or Stephen King novel – not that I’m anywhere in their league, my heroes – but that is the best way to describe it. The story follows a cast of characters surrounding the main character who is a normal twenty-five-year-old, accountant that goes through a traumatic event that changes his life. I will start putting together excerpts once I’ve gone through the reviewing and editing stage (see above).