Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Editing Bliss

The editing process and I have a love-hate relationship. I adore the fact that I've reached a milestone and completed my manuscript, but I loathe the ripping apart of it and then comes the attempt to put it back together. However, the project has to go on. This part of the writing process is almost as important as the writing itself. One shouldn't stop and sit back as soon as a project is "complete." After all its not really done until you've put the polishing touches on it. Then you have to ask yourself what you wrote it for in the first place. Did you spend months possibly years working on something that no one else will ever read? Seems like a big waste doesn't it. Sure we're artists and we are known for having self esteem issues. But I say get over it and get done.
After editing get that query letter ready to mail out to agents. Once their in the mail begin work on the next project or you'll go mad waiting. Take rejection with a grain of salt. Agents are humans, believe it or not and each of them have their own taste and style just like we do.
Kudos to those out there that have taken that step towards getting published. Its a grueling process, but in the end it pays off. For those of you who have that project growing dust on your shelf, because you don't want to polish her off, shame on you. You'll never know if you don't try.

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