My lovely editor Leila at I_AM has now performed my second round of content and copy edits, and returned the book with her comments to me last week.
I reviewed her high-level comments briefly and then set it aside for a few days.
I felt anxious to look at the feedback, worried about how many changes I would have to make and started to doubt if I could ever get to the finish line with this book.
I have reviewed Leila’s comments individually (there were over 150 comments!).
I went through each one, and I recommend you do the same as this is the only way you will learn what changes have been and what suggestions were made.
If you blindly accept all changes, then you will not grow as a writer as you won’t know what changed and what stayed the same.
You won’t be aware of why you need to make certain changes. And don’t forget, you are the writer, and you know best what you are trying to communicate.
The editor may misinterpret some sections of your book, and it’s up to you to notice this and make sure the message of your book is what you want it to be. Although the editor can help with editing, you are still responsible for the message and story of your book!
Leila pointed out passages in the text where my writing was particularly strong. I made a note of this and plan to study what makes these passages stronger than the others. I can then replicate this method to change some other weaker passages of text. These sections were mainly relevant to the introductions and the ending so the chapters.
Here is a summary of my editor’s suggested changes and what I intend to do about it:
1. Ensure consistency throughout the book: i.e., ensure all quotes had quotation marks and referenced correctly.
2. Begin each chapter with an explanation of what the reader will learn or how they will benefit. This is a non-fiction book on how to do work you love, find your passions and live with purpose. So I need to explicitly show how I am delivering these benefits to the reader.
3. End each chapter with a summary or recap on what the reader has learnt. This is a popular technique used in most non-fiction books which I like and enjoy,
4. More research: I need to find some new case studies to add to the book. In a few cases I have used the same person (but with a different story), but my editor feels it will be better to use new case studies per chapter as if you keep on using the same few examples, then the person in question looks like an anomaly.
5. Title: I still have not figured out exactly what my title will be! This is so hard!! I have two possible ideas, both of which I have been told (by my editor) are too long. What do you think?
Escape the Cubicle: How to stop doing work you hate and start creating a life you love
Sub-title: A guide to finding your passions, Living your purpose, unleashing your potential
or option 2, (where I have just reversed the title/ sub-title):
Escape the Cubicle: A guide to finding your passions, Living your purpose and unleashing your potential
Subtitle: How to stop doing work you hate and start creating a life you can love
What’s next in getting my book published?
I need to work on the title and get the last edits completed. I also intend to set up my email list with a landing page so that I can communicate with my readers and get them involved with the title and front cover stuff.
I feel slightly relieved that the book is progressing and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. So here are the next few things I need to focus on:
- Complete these edits and send back to Leila. She won’t review the entire book again, only looking at the new additions.
- Then the book goes for a final proof read
- Send the book to my beta readers (if you are interested in being a beta reader send me an email and let me know)
- Finalise title so the cover designer can begin work on the cover
What are your thoughts on the title? Let me know or suggest a new one. The book is for people who don’t enjoy their jobs and want to do something else but don’t know what that should be!
My book will help the reader to find their passions, live on purpose and unleash their potential!