Sunday, September 25, 2011

Working smarter, not harder

Or so goes my current editing theory anyway *grin* I'm at 60% of the full re-write, which isn't as far through as I wanted to be by now (I wanted to be done!) but I am really pleased with the results so far. There have been major additions and some major subtractions and WOW is this book busy! Lots happening on Sytas *grin* I'm working my ass off and really, really hope to have it off to critiquer number 2 - aka Kerrin, before the end of the week. Then while she is looking over that, I'm going to motor through the few grammar books I have and finish the edit on The Arrival and get it into the right layout for Createspace *eee* So I'll have a week, maybe two to do that ;p But as the title of this post says, I'm all about working smarter not harder this time. With The Arrival there were too many half-assed re-writes before the final doozey and that's why I started with Vicki's critique first. And as with The Arrival I do believe at least 95% of her advice has been taken - because it is GOOD advice, proving the most valuable thing in the world to an indie author is a good critiquer. After Kerrin is done with book two, I'll go through all her notes and then I intend on printing it out and going through it line by line, backwards. To spot errors....Ecccckkkk just discussing all this is making me exhausted *lol* Anyhoo, thought I'd give you all an update.

Take care all!
 The Arrival, on Amazon or UK Amazon


  1. Hey Nic,
    you're lucky to have a skilled critique partner. Good luck with that editing. I'm gonna get back to so much editing pretty soon.
    Nahno ∗ McLein

  2.'re moving along in the right direction, while taking the appropriate steps. Printing it out and going through it line by line is an absolute must.

    Well done ;)


  3. Yay!! Keep going - you're nearly there - well done you! Take care

  4. Revisions just take time. Glad you have a couple excellent critique partners. They make a world of difference.

  5. Nice to have you back again ... I agree wholeheartedly, good critters are hard to find.

  6. Hey guys :) thanks for the support! Great to hear from you all... off to write more, yell if you hear me Zzzzzzing ;p

  7. Sending good vibes your way - fingers crossed it all clicks beautifully into place :) Smarter not harder, for sure!

  8. yeah, but are you keeping outta trouble? :P lol

  9. Ms. MacDonald,

    Maybe I missed the reason in my absense, but why the re-write of a book that is already published?

    Kerrin is a great friend of yours. I hope the best for her too in her recent submission into the New Voices....