Over the last year, I’ve had several readers email me or post comments on various social media about how they want to be writers too and did I have any tips for them. I’ve been surprised, and honored, and slightly intimidated by the requests. It’s a wonderful feeling to have a person like your work enough to think of you as someone who could help them get started too. So thank you for asking.
- Phase 1 – My personal edits (1-2) of the book after I finish the first draft.
- Phase 2 – Send specific trouble spots to my critique group for feedback (usually the first – and most important – chapter). Send to first round of beta readers for initial feedback.
- Phase 3 – Editor round 1 – content focus (plot, pace, character development, wording, etc.)
- Phase 4 – Send to second round of beta readers for additional feedback.
- Phase 5 – Editor round 2 – final content clean up; nuances & grammar
- Phase 6 – 1 to 2 personal edits.
- Phase 7 (optional) – Editor round 3 – Sometimes I do a 3rd round with my editor if I feel enough stuff had to change after round 2.
- Phase 8 – Send to my Mom, who happens to be a high school English teacher, for 2 rounds of final grammar checks.
- Phase 9 – Revisit the book 1-2 months after publishing and do another grammar sweep. (Sounds odd, I know, but you get numb to editing after a while – helps to have that break – and it’s usually only little stuff at that point.)