Please welcome author Evee Lamb to my blog today. Evee will talk about the editing process in the guest post below. Thanks for visiting.
Thank you so much for having me Charlene! Really happy to here and talk about the editing process. For each author their method, both in writing and editing, is completely different. There’s no one true paradigm. Writing books can give you a blue print but what it really boils down to is what you’re comfortable with as a writer.
My first rule of thumb is to never edit while I’m writing. If I do, I get lost in the technicalities and I lose my drive to actually write. I start every writing process with a thorough, well fleshed out outline that breaks each chapter into important bullet points. During the actual writing I focus on the story. I let the story flow and make alterations to the outline as I go, even if it means I’ll have to go back and rewrite the beginning. Sometimes when I’m writing I won’t be able to think of a name or piece of information, if that happens I usually put in closed brackets the item I was trying to write (ex: [character name]).
Some writers when they finish a story will launch into editing. Others will tell you to wait at least six months. I neatly put my story away (and by neatly I mean I forget it on my desktop) for about one to two months, usually long enough to replenish my juices or start working on a new project. I wait until I’ve thoroughly forgotten all of the plot and it isn’t the focus of my mind anymore. And then once I get that niggling feeling in the back of my brain that yells, “HEY MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO THE THING”, I sit back down and start to edit.
Whoever tells you editing is fun is a liar. It’s hard work and sometimes painful. I do two rounds of edits, then send it to an editor, which is usually two more rounds. Then I start submitting it to agents or to one of my publishing houses.
For the first round of edits I just comb through and make any grammatical corrections, fill in places I left blank, alter huge sections that needed redrafting, and all together just do a basic edit. Sometimes I’ll remove sections, if I feel it’s necessary, but it isn’t my main focus. Idly editing should take at most a week. Lately I’ve been so busy it’s taking longer. But there’s no time frame, so you do you and let it take as long as you need. I then let it sit again for a couple weeks, let the emotions settle, and then go back through one more time. This round I really nitpick and tear the story apart, cutting, rearranging, and fixing any weak points in the story.
It sucks, it’s hard, and sometimes you want to cry because you have to delete that perfect sentence, but in the end it’ll be a better story.
About the Book
Title: I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)
Author: Evee Lamb
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Erotica
After being stuck in a dead end relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Zelda wants to say goodbye to relationships and say hello to no-strings sex. Preferably with a man who owns a lingerie collection larger than her own. So when Pytor Valentine pings into her inbox after Zelda decides to navigate the world of online dating, Zelda thinks she’s found the perfect man. He’s everything should could as for: handsome, well-read, owns an extensive collection of lingerie, and is looking for unattached sex.
But after seeing Pytor wrapped up in silk, all of his hard muscles and sharp curves trimmed with lace, Zelda isn’t sure one night of white hot passion is enough. But with Derek muscling his way back into her life and Pytor not looking for a relationship, Zelda doesn’t know if she’ll ever get more than sex.
If Zelda wants to survive with her heart in tack, she can’t fall in love. Too bad she’s pretty sure she already is.
Evee Lamb lives in Columbus, Ohio with her two cats Mo and Cheedo. She publishes male x male romance under the penname Evelyn Shepherd. Between writing and working as a graphic designer, she spends her free time expanding her library and traveling.