I didn't know what to expect when my first edits arrived for the book that is about to be published. My editor emailed me when my book was contracted to tell me she would be working on the edits. Last week, her email arrived in my mailbox with that paper-clip thing letting me know something was attached.
I have always read blogs from new writers and heard them say they are on deadline and working on their edits. I always wondered about the kind of edits. Were they entire rewrites or what?
So when mine arrived, I didn't know what to expect.
My editor is someone I respect even more because she is a writer too. Her encouraging words in the past when she accepted my submission always gave me the confidence I needed to move forward.
In her email, she suggested a few changes I should make that could make the book stronger. She also told me she had changed other words because of editorial guidelines that each publishing house has of their own. I tended to use "okay" whereas "OK" is the acceptable format for this publisher.
All in all, her email to me sounded doable. Then I opened the attachment. Fortunately I was familiar with Track Changes and after a little trial and error found that when I made changes, my text came out brown, a different color than the changes the editor already made. Probably most writers know this but honestly, I never used the program this way before.
Last week, I read through the entire book and addressed the small changes.Today I worked on parts that required longer editing. Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to read the book several more times to be sure anything creative I want to add, I do now.
What hit me most as I read my words and see the changes that have been made, is the acute awareness that others besides my Beta readers, editor and writing partners will be reading this book. I now look at every word much differently than I might a blog post or Facebook post. People will pay money to read my book and I want them to feel they got their money's worth.
Question: Do you think about paying readers as you write?