So you've finished a book. Done right? Absolutely not. You have finished step one. Now it's time to begin the next phase of book publishing. For most people it's editing with your publisher, but I'm one of those authors who still need fine tuning from my agent first before going on to sell the book to a publisher. As a new author I'm still learning how all this goes. Not all new authors need help editing, but I am one that does. Sometimes a character is unnecessary or a plot line doesn't make sense. That's when you need the trained eye of an agent to know what to take out or add before making the book the best it can be and then sending it out to be sold. My first book I had several years to perfect and I still needed editing with my agent and then again with my publisher. Now my second book has been a completely different experience. I finished it with limited time and sent it to my agent to review only she believed it to be ready and started editing! That was a shock to me because I thought it was no where near the editing stage yet so I was pleasantly surprised when she began sending me notes. I felt I still needed to edit it on my own first. My second book is also different because it's the beginning of a series that will span six books or more. That is a huge undertaking for me and it was very scary to attempt. I'm on my third book now and just finished editing the second with my agent. It's almost ready to be sent out to publishers, which is nerve wracking in and of itself. What if I finish the second in the series and move on to the third and no one has bought it? What if I need so many edits in the first of the series it effects the rest of the series? It's a lot of unknowns for me who still feels new to all this. I'm so blessed to have such as amazing agency to represent and cheer for me, as well as my current publisher who is promoting my first novel, Lover's Oak. It's hard sometimes to look ahead when you still have so much behind you that hasn't even started like the release of my first book. But if I don't plan for the future, no one will. Editing is my middle step before the book gets sold and I have to do it again with my new publisher (I don't mind that at all because that means the book sold!) But then I start all over again writing a new book, which is exciting and daunting at the same time. I'm in a unique profession that I'm still learning about, but loving every minute. Other authors: do you edit tons before sending to your agent? Do you edit with your agent or does it go straight out for The Sell?
Author of romantic suspense with a new novel coming soon!