Every time I finish a book, I think, "I am never gonna write a book again!" It's so much fun to start them out, but then it gets hard. And then you finish and you have to go back and make it make sense. And then you have to make it better. And then you have to make it better.
then you take it to your critique group and, if they're a good critique
group, you have to fix all the goof-ups you didn't catch. And then you
have to make it better. And again. And again.
Finally, you submit
it for publication. Let's say it's accepted. Then the editor sends it
back to you all marked up, and you have to fix it. Then the editor says,
"That's the easy stuff, now let's get serious." So you have to make it
When the editor is satisfied, the book gets formatted for
publication. Then it comes back to you and you have to read it again, to
catch formatting errors, and also punctuation and spelling errors that
got through all the previous screenings.
Then it goes to electronic publication, and you have to read it again, to catch formatting errors, and also punctuation and spelling errors everybody still missed.
Then it goes to audio, and you have to read the damn thing again
while listening to the recording, to catch any errors made by the
reader. You'll also catch punctuation and spelling errors, but oops!
too late for that. Then you send the reader your corrections, and the
reader corrects the narration, and you have to read the damn thing again while listening to the recording, to make sure it's okay.
So by now, I'm really like, "I will never ever ever ever write another book -- EVARRR!"
But I will.
Because it's so much fun to start them out. So! Much! Fun!
Marian Allen, Author Lady
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