Revising: When does it ever end for your manuscript?

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 of your book prior to releasing it?

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.

Do you schedule your activity for your social platform?

Do you schedule your posts or social media updates, or do you take it week by week?

It takes time to come up with a blog post and more to put up on your platform. The time that you could use to edit, revise and write.

There are great programs that allowed you to do that. For Twitter, you have Tweet Deck and Hoot Suite, which allow you to schedule tweets for your people.

Here on WordPress, you can set up your blog posting on whatever day you choose, whether it is this week or next week, and so on. Facebook gives you the same option. If you run a newsletter, that also applies.

No longer being away from your computer for whatever reason keeps you and your brand from being stagnated, especially if you have a booming business.

A little bit of time can free you up for weeks if one has the patience to do so.

It is time-consuming to market one’s product, regardless of what the product is. Any bit of time you can scrap out to devote to writing is a plus in my book.

The Musings of A New Englander