In the 12 days since I returned from Middle Bass Island, I have managed to increase the word count in the novel by 8,000 words. I was shooting for 500 words/day, but although I have skipped a day here and there, I am averaging 667 words/day. My goal is to hit the total word count by the end of September, then give it to a few of my “readers with red pens” to see what they can find and to offer me their suggestions. Once corrections have been made, and all suggestions taken under advisement, I’ll ship the manuscript off to Liz Petry for a once over. In spite of the fact that I am neither Jane Austen nor Tony Hillerman, I am certain she will read it with a critical editor’s eye.
I know, I know. I once had a publisher take a book on because she not only loved the content, but she didn’t find a single error in the entire manuscript. I can be pretty anal about my writing. But even I make typos, and the eye sees what the mind thinks it wrote. Self-editing can be an excruciating task. Generally, you have to step away from the manuscript for weeks, or even months, before you can distance yourself enough to edit your own writing properly. In this instance, I want the book in print before the holidays so people can buy it for gifting; therefore, I need all the editing help and suggestions I can garner.
I will be absolutely ecstatic if I can have the book up on Amazon for purchase by November 1. That entails a good bit of work between now and then, but I promised Steve FitzGerald I would keep up with my social networking sites, sooooooo, I guess I’ll be posting here, Tweeting, Facebooking, and Linking-in as well as writing, editing, and working full time. It should be an interesting fall. Oh, and there is the small matter of making notes and outlining Book 2 in this series! I think I’m going to have to be a bit more disciplined about sleeping. Feel free to ask me how I'm progressing...guilt can be a wonderful thing!