Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An Editing Blunder

I would have been completely done with another edit last night, but out of a tiny (well, let's say stupid) mistake on my part, I have to go through the the first 22 chapters of my book. Again. Pft. Darn it. But hey it can always make it better. I'm not going to go into the details of my editing blunder, but suffice it to say, it was dumb. 

I was really hoping to be ahead of schedule for querying, however, it's held off till tomorrow. My actual goal was to be hunting for an agent by August 1, so I am still well ahead of  it, only by a few days. 

Needing to go through so many pages of my book again is overwhelming, especially when I thought I was so close. As I finished up some chapters last night, I pretty much wanted to throw my ms out the window and just go to bed. And the thing is I very well could just leave it as is, but I'm too much of a perfectionist to surrender to laziness. I'm going to hunker down and conquer my beautiful beast today. 

It can be done! And I will love it all the more for the extra time spent working through its pages.

PS: I will be sharing a little secret or surprise with you on my Friday blog post. You'll want to stop by. Hint Hint! Nudge Nudge!


  1. Yay! We still get to be query buddies! I'm hoping to be querying by August 1, too--unless I find something else that needs to be fixed....

  2. Sometimes being OCD is a pain in the butt, but for this, you've got the right idea. Agent's want the best you can deliver, and your attitdue is exactly what they want. Not that I'm an agent, but I read enough of their blogs to say that with confdience.

    You taking the time to go through it AGAIN, to correct said blunder is awesome. Those extra few days it takes puts your MS a step ahead of the next writer who said "I could fix it, but I'll just send it, I can't stand to look at this MS again."

  3. Thanks Robin and M.R. for the comments. Somehow and I don't know how, I got through it in record time. I'm gonna be querying. YAY! Bring on the agents!

  4. Congrats! I'm sending good vibes your way Julia. You've worked hard, I look forward to seeing your name in headlines :)

  5. Your future readers thank you for taking the extra time to make your manuscript shine!