I have finished the edits on my fourth novel, “Impending Love and Capture.”
Here is a sneak preview at the blurb:
When Jessica Beecher stops to help a wounded soldier on the Gettysburg battlefield, Confederate Major Morgan Mackinnon enlists her skills to nurse his sister. Unable to escape, she waits for Union forces to attack the retreating Confederate Army. But the delay forces Jess to look beyond the gray uniform to the man who has captured her heart.
Morgan can’t let Jess leave when she overhears Lee’s army is retreating during the night. She’s a dangerous woman and not because of the knife she pressed against his throat or the revolver hidden beneath her skirt. The battlefield angel has a face no man can forget, especially when facing death.
You are hearing a big sigh of relief, but it’s a bit like your child graduating from school. You’re proud of the achievement, but a little sad your role is over and your creation is going out into the world for better or worse.
I have a creative side and an analytical side. I blame it having a right-handed father and a left-handed mother. I like to track the progress of my manuscript.
As I look back, I started “Impending Love and Capture” in March of 2016 with naming the problem and completed 100 pages by May. By December I had finished the 300+ word manuscript and sent it to my beta reader for any suggestions or glaring errors to correct.
In February 2017, I sent my manuscript to my editor at The Wild Rose Press with a synopsis and cover letter. In April, I received my contract and the work began.
I filled out the information for the front and back of the book as well as my ideas for a cover and began the edits.
In May, I submitted my blurb (read above), updated biography, and the excerpt for inside the cover.
Through May, I sent two rounds of edits on a word document, and then the copy editor made a few changes before I went through three rounds of edits on the galley version. I made 163 galley edits.
When I edit, I read my manuscript from beginning to end, looking for any missed punctuation, inconsistencies, or word choices. I hate repeating a word in the same paragraph so that’s my main culprit when I’m making final changes.
I also believe in logic. I hate stories that don’t make sense or have a glaring flaw in the actions or thoughts of the character. Sometimes this takes reading through a passage several times to notice. I also use the search or find feature in word to make sure names, ranks, and other repeated items are consistent.
I had a colonel listed as a general in one spot. A leftover from the initial version. I also changed a character’s name and searched to make sure it had been changed in all the locations. Because it is a Civil War story and has several letters, I had to change a closing phrase that was too much like another.
I know there are still some minor errors. Even the best writers have them, but I don’t sign off until I’m confident the story is the best I could create and has the fewest flaws.
I hope you enjoy my writing.