I was very excited but nervous when I received my manuscript (MS) back from the editor four months ago. This was the first content edit.
You sit alone in the privacy of your mind and pour out your heart and soul onto the page when you are writing your first draft.
So when it comes to showing it to anyone (and getting feedback), we writers can get a little shy and anxious about it!
After a long four months, I have now handed back my revised, edited manuscript to my editor. I have made a lot of changes to the original book, for the better.
My editor Leila at I_am Self Publishing, will be performing another content edit.
This means she will focus primarily on the story, narrative and flow of the book. She will see if it moves the reader logically from one point to the next.
The reason I am having a second content edit is that I have changed a lot of the original content. You could say the book is 90% different from the first time my editor read it.
So it makes sense to treat the book as a brand new piece of content and to attack it with a fresh pair of eyes.
I added in more case studies and quotes to illustrate the main themes and topics I am writing on. I also made an attempt to focus on the narrative of the book to make sure it was flowing and reading well.
But I was eager to finish up and pass it back to my editor Leila at I_am Self-publishing.
I have been working almost 3-4 hours on the edits solidly over the past three weeks and desperately wanted to finish these edits.
It helps to have a professional editor take a look at the book. They can be trusted to give you impartial and good feedback.
Remember, they are on your side!
They want your book to be the best it can be. They are experienced and have seen many manuscripts before so can advise on what changes need to be made.
I certainly was ready to hand my book back to the editor (and less nervous than the first time I sent Leila my book).
The more time I have spent on this book, the more confident I have become. It’s shaping up to be a great book I can be proud of and which will help my readers to find their purpose and passions in life.
I am ready for feedback from my editor and will embrace it rather than be scared by the comments.
The more you write, the more confident you become which is what I am feeling right now. Just to get to this stage is mind-blowing for me. Now I just need to keep on going.
More importantly, this marks another important goalpost in that I am one more step closer to becoming a published author this year.
My editor will now take 2-3 weeks to pour through my book and prepare her feedback.
So if you are also at this stage, here are a few tips to prepare yourself for feedback when you send your book to the editor:
#1. Know that a professional is looking at your book
Any suggestions they make are only to make your book better.
#2. Visualise your manuscript coming back with red pen corrections
This will ensure you are not shocked by the number of changes your editor may suggest (and if it’s your first book there will be many changes!)
Even though this is my second round of content editing, I am still expecting a lot of changes to be made.
#3. Understand it is the editor’s job to highlight the weaker parts of the book
This is so the book can be strengthened and delivers a strong and consistent read for your reader.
Remember, the editor is on your side! They are there to help make your book better.
They have seen many books come and go, so they will have a good overview of the process and be able to share relevant words of wisdom and guidance
#4. Take a well-deserved break!
This is the most important step! Celebrate this milestone of completing the first draft and sending it to the editor for feedback.
I’m pretty bad at celebrating success and tend to jump to the next activity on my long to-do list.
But this time around, I will give myself a pat on the back and relax with a large cup of tea and perhaps a naughty slice of victoria sponge cake:)
Getting to this stage is worthy of a celebration, and not many authors get through this juncture.
So savour this small success. You are one step to becoming an author this year.
Do you have any editing tips to share? Please join in the conversation.