Jessica Day George

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ha! Take that, Editing Fairy!

Yes, despite the fact that I still feel like crud, with all the coughing and sneezing and sore throaty-ness, I have finished my rewrite!

I think.

I went over it, tore it apart, put it back together, printed it out, went over it with a red pen, and incorporated those changes.

Enough?

Who knows?

That's the trouble with editing.  I could probably read over and over this manuscript until I went insane and started tying scraps of yarn in my hair and calling myself Queen Pooh-lah, but I could always find SOMETHING to change.  I think at a certain point you have to step back and say, this is good.  This will work.  Any more changes and I might as well write a new book.

Also, I want to get feedback from my sister, who is supposedly reading the manuscript. . .  Hint, hint.

And then we'll see what Melanie the Editor thinks.  So this is by no means the last time I will go over this manuscript.  It's just the last time this round. 

Ding!

And the winner is . . . ME! 

(For not going nuts and calling myself Queen Pooh-lah.)

Now I can lie here coughing and read John Marsden's Tomorrow When the War Began series in peace.  I'm halfway through book two: The Dead of Night.  Love these books.

Also, it might be a good time to finish knitting the baby blanket I'm making for my cousin Chandrea's baby, since he's already a month old (or more).  I ran out of yarn, and haven't been able to drag myself to the store for more this week.  Ugh.  Sorry, baby!

7 comments:

Denae said...

Yeah, editing can go on for ages. Best to put it down while you can.
That's so sweet! I don't knit much, but I have crocheted before. Running out of yarn. Not good.

NC said...

YAY for finishing it!

CK Miller said...

Hey there, sorry to hear you're not feeling well. There is a nasty bug going around. Anyway, I am a new author. My first book is comming out next month. Do you have any tips for a new authir. (I found this website because my husbands sister said that she knew... err... I think, knows you from womewhere.) Anyway. Nice to meet you, and good luck with all the editing.

Cayenne said...

Isn't this cold the worst! I think being pregnant makes it even more so. I am so ready to be done with it. Congrats on finishing your edit. I can't wait to read it, of course.

Leah said...

I LOVE inkheart i read it a year ago and i can't wait to see the movie. I even got my friend devin to read it!! But after Inkheart you have got to read Inkspell. Meg is sooo cool and brave!

Denae said...

Aha! Finished Snow and Moon, Ice and Snow book and loved it! Great use of foreign culture and I loved how you only mentioned the lass's name twice, when her isbjorn says it.

Julie Wright said...

ONLY 40 pages left on my edit!!! I am really close to that level of insanity, but it's almost over! Congratulations on getting yours done!