I have not blogged for a while. I am still here. I have been busy with various things including sorting out some IT problems.
However, I have sent my draft novel to a professional editor and had it back duly edited. I then went through it doing two things.
- I looked at his suggestions and implemented some.
- I looked at his changes and reversed some.
Am I arrogant? Why go to an editor if I reject his work?
I hope I am just trying to be true to myself. Some things are matters of personal style and preference. I do not want to lose my ‘voice’.
I can assure you that I am truly grateful for the many corrections my editor made which were necessary. It is amazing how many typos slipped past me, even after I had checked the draft several times, and how many grammatical errors I made.
I am about to go through it again to revise the division into chapters and sections, as each change tends to affect that.
Then I will be starting the self-publishing process. That takes longer than you might expect, as you need to look at the printed draft and proof-read it. There are usually a few things to be corrected then.
So I hope to be in print by the end of next month.
I will be offering a short story and my first chapter free to people who ask for them. They will be available a little before I publish the book.
Watch this space.