Please welcome Morgan Straughan Comnick to my blog today, author of “Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals”. She talks about her editing process below. I’ll leave the word to her now. Thanks!
Guest Post: Polishing the Masterpiece
The dream of publishing a book means you can hold a world you created in your hands. You make your plot, characters, and setting from starch, kneading, watching for them to rise to their purpose, decorating them with a flavorful array of traits to make each one special, appetizing. The common misconception is that once the daunting and tiresome work of completing a book is finished, then it will be published in a snap, out in the world as you prepare to fill sacks of money with your royalties, cracking open a soda in your lounge chair! Whoa! Time to slow down partner! You may have a diamond, but all gems need to be dug out, unnecessary pieces chipped away, and polished to shining perfection fit for its destined owner. Your work is a treasure and although it can be irritating, the results of editing will help it be the showstopper it is meant to be.
Edits take a lot of time and require you to accept you make mistakes and that others are going to point them out; this is a hard lesson to learn at first. At least there are three formal stages to edits in the publishing world:
· #1. Mechanics- Back to basics to make sure your spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and such are all correct.
· #2. Why?- Round #2 is where your editor gets picky and questions everything! This is to make sure your story flows, stays consistent, and that everything connects, makes sense. They are mentally also preparing you to know your work to its core for any tough critics.
· #3. Final Polish- Round #3 is to read through everything and make sure nothing was missed before publication.
With edits, you are getting to the core of the story, the middle of the geode. You see the potential, the value, but your fingers will get dirty as you dust off the grim. This process makes you learn about yourself as a writer and how you work together with your tools (your editor, publisher, and agent) and balance your artist license with criticism (good or bad). It is backbreaking work, but remembering the diamond in the future and using these tips will help you get in the mind-set to show your book’s brilliance:
- Constructive criticism is a good thing; it helps you grow, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept.
- Sometimes, you have to ‘love it and kill it.’
- You will always be editing: Before you submit, after you sign the contract, and after the book is published; you will always find something you can improve on
- Editing is a TEAM effort between author and his/her key people.
- Never lose yourself; you are the master of your story.
- Writer’s Block is an annoyance we cannot avoid as authors. My publisher always tells me to try to write something, anything, then go to sleep and read it in the morning. 75% of the time, it is not as bad as I was letting my outlet/writer’s block let me see it. You can always edit and fix bad writing; you cannot grow from or fix a blank page.
- Do your research! Especially for historical fiction and all non-fiction works.
- Remember, you are making the story the best it can be for your characters, all the readers, and yourself; you can do it. You deserve it!
- The editors know what they are doing, so push the ego away and at least listen, but also explain items they might have a misunderstanding about or explain why you did it that way. Again, team effort! No one is always right; not even women!
Thank you for having me! Go out there and shine bright like a diamond. 🙂
About the Book
Title: Spirit Vision 3: The Power of Mortals
Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick
Genre: Paranormal Romance
“You are the beacon of the Lord’s two worlds, but how can you protect them when you have lost your shining light?
When Stary Moon, the Spirit Warrior, awakes on the lunchroom floor of her school, battered and bloodied, she cannot recollect how she came to such a state.
Stary ignores the concerns of her best friends, Chloe, Rin, and Lauren, and continues to go on with her life, but no matter how normal her days and Spirit Warrior duties are, she feels a lingering sorrow like someone is missing from her life. Her friends discover some shocking truths about Stary and realize they’re the only ones who remembers Umbra—Stary’s boyfriend who has mysteriously gone missing. Stary’s universe crashes around her and the fate of the world rests on her shoulders. Her objective is clear, but when she leaves on this mission, there is no turning back, and she will lose one of her worlds—the mortal world of her family and friends, or the spiritual world of her duty and missing someone, for good. Still, Stary has a point to prove to this dark presence that is threatening to consume the planet: there is power from those one least expects, and Stary is prepared to risk everything on this claim.”
Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her “bubbliness.” It is Morgan’s mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.
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