Taking full advantage of not having to punch a clock, I am tackling the complete final edit of Book One. This is massive. Up to now, it’s been a chapter or two at a time, with breaks in-between, but this is the complete nearly 300 page manuscript! After this edit, Caralee only wants to see what I did to two of the 30+ chapters! She is making sure I polish ALL the little crevices so that this story will SHINE!
For those few of you who had the opportunity to read the first draft of this saga, don’t worry. The story is the same. It’ll be like looking at a black and white picture. You love it, and it looks great. When you see the original colour picture, though, things pop out at you that you never noticed before. It has a depth to it that the BW didn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. Black and White photos are beautiful. But sometimes you need colour. I just saw Oz The Great and Powerful which, along with the original Wizard of Oz, beautifully illustrates how colour changes your perception.
Which picture makes you wish you could run under the rainbow with her?
Which one makes you want to open the door to see what’s causing the colour?
And which picture shows you how the lives of the characters are intricately woven to coordinate with each other and the environment?
(Thank you to my high school friends for this perfect picture, and no, we did not plan the colours!!)
When this edit is behind me, I’ll be preparing copies to send out to agents and I can put out a little teaser for you, so you can have a read and find out what all the hoopla is about!
Caralee is looking over my list of possible agents as well, with a criteria list for me to follow when searching the lists of agents.
I met a wonderful author at a book signing at Chapters on Sunday. We chatted for few minutes while there was no one else around and ‘networked’ the old fashioned way! She’s a self-published author and thinks I’m going about it the right way, as she has had to do all the editing and artwork and marketing and managing herself. Whew.
It was so nice to meet you, Erika Knudsen, http://erispublishing.com/about_the_author.
Since I can’t (or I shouldn’t because I’ll get cross-eyed and very hungry) spend all my time banging away on the keyboard, my big adventure this week will be going to Green’s Lapidary. I want to find some real crystals for my Crystal Box and see if I can get it to work!! *wink*