A few tidbits to think about for those braving the submission waters. And for those intending to. And for those who just wanna know...
You've spent 3 - 6 - 12 months writing that perfect book. Another 3 - 6 months querying until finally you get a contract! Yay! your book is going to be published. It's gone to the editor and comes back and, gnawing at your poor cuticles, you read the comments. And then you go back and think...what was I thinking when I wrote that? Who are my characters, again? What was the reasoning behind subplot A?
- Tidbit Numero Uno: Keep your notes organized as you will probably need them, again. That tack board you so meticulously put up and put down once you started on book two...you're going to need it. Those notebooks, napkins, receipt you wrote your thoughts on...probably will help bring back the rationale behind your plot, character. You may not need it to write your scenes but it sure helps to get back into the groove, especially if it's been a while.
- Find someone to talk it out with, a crit partner, family member, clay figure...anyone that will listen. They don't necessarily have to provide a response.
- Give yourself time. Don't jump at it right away. Read each comment/suggestion and let it digest for a while. It helps to take it in scene by scene.
- Don't be afraid of it. I actually loved the editing process. It gave me the leeway to expand on thoughts, setting, and characterization to make the book stronger.
There you go. My bit of wisdom. Anything you'd like to add?
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