I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.
Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row the novel may not go very far.
But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?
I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.
But there comes a point where you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL
But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we are to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all we can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.
Do you order a proof before you release your book out into the world? How confident are you in your critique group, editor, and beta readers? How confident are you in your ability to get your manuscript in the best shape possible?
Because that is what it comes down to, getting as near perfect as you can. You won’t ever get it 100% right. Sorry, get that thought out of your head. You just won’t. We are human and imperfect.
When Squirrel Mafia was on the cusp of being released, my editor suggested I get one. Thank goodness she did.
Yeah, this was the first book I had done the graphics for and went with pictures I had taken. It was a hot mess. The images were all over the place, except where they belonged.
The format of the pages and chapters was slightly off. Others had the title of the chapter on a different page and a few other issues.
It is hard to break into this business. Well, to break into it and do halfway decent. Ordering a proof could help your book look better and head it in a better direction than if you hadn’t.