What author doesn't love typing those two words? It means all the blood, sweat and tears that you pored into that novel was worth it because you finally made it to the light at the end of the tunnel. For most people they think that's truly 'the end', but we know it's really the beginning. An author friend of mine recently posted a question on Facebook about editing. She asked if other authors edited as they go or waited until the end. For me it's definitely the latter. I adore editing. Every time I read through my work I find something else to change, revise, reword, or add to. It's my favorite part because the heavy lifting is done and all I have to do is tweak from now on. It's why I save the best for last. So after the editing is done now it's time to find a beta reader whether that's family, friend, agent, publisher, or a fellow author who is willing to beta read your novel. So you take their suggestions and edits and go back. Again. Probably several more times. Finally it's ready for submission. I'm lucky in that my amazing agents are willing to read my work, unedited. In a perfect world I would be able to edit until the end of time then submit to my agent, but I also work a full-time day job, which makes it hard to make my work amazing in my eyes before submission. I was able to use the Christmas holidays and now Spring Break to write this novel, which is the beginning of a new series and genre for me. That alone is nerve-wrecking enough, but to send it on without doing edits is completely new territory for me. Anyone else finishing a novel? Do you know feeling of typing 'the end'? Let me know and we can rejoice together at completing a book. Not everyone gets there. Be happy you did.
Author of romantic suspense with a new novel coming soon!