Wow. For a while there, after I got the first 5 pages back from my one editor (and my YA book back from the other editor), I really didn’t think I was going to finish the Untitled Action Book. My pride was hurt pretty bad. But I did it. It’s short. 62- or 63,000 words I believe. Not super proud of that. I hope a literary agent will accept it. I read that mystery novels are typically that long, so we’ll see. I’m worried because I expect the word count to go UP when I do my edit and revision, but then I expect the word count to DROP when I give it to the professional editor. I have this gut feeling he’s going to be like, “SCRAP THIS SCRAP THAT SCRAP SCRAP SCRAP!!!!” -_-U
So now begins the hard work. Writing the first draft was the fun part. And it was fun. I had a great time! I love my main characters. Just so everyone knows, there are two. A man in woman in their early twenties. The book is written in the third person, omniscient perspective. This means the story is told from her side as well as his, plus you get the bonus of seeing it from the eyes of the various villains. Now that the story is done, it’s time to edit it. I was tame with my YA novel. I tweaked it here and there, barely scratching the surface.
I intend to be ruthless with this one. Move chapters around, add stuff in, cut stuff out, do whatever I have to do to make it the best I can make it. I don’t intend to be done quickly, but I work fast, so who knows. After I finish, I’m going to give it to my friend, Dave, who has helped me immensely with the book. I swear, if it wasn’t for him, I couldn’t have finished it. My villains are so much better because of his help. Anyway, because he’s brilliant and just so cool, he’s going to read it and hopefully be as ruthless as I was editing it. Then he’s going to return it to me with (cross my fingers) lots of stuff to fix/add. Then I make it even better.
From there, it’s the really scary part. Also, the really expensive part. It’s time to give it to the professional editor. This will take longer. This guy is usually booked up months in advance, so while I’m waiting for him to get around to my book, I’ll probably continue to tweak it here and there, and most likely start on a new project I’ve been tinkering with in my spare time. Then, he gets it back to me, I cry for a few days (or weeks), consider quitting altogether, pick up the pieces that are my life, sit down, turn on my computer, and FIX IT. At that point, I’ll be on my way to getting published. ;_; So much work ahead of me! I kind of can’t wait though!