|Note the side column,|
Peg (my editor) is pretty thorough
and there's never one page without
a note or correction or comment.
Still, the biggest issue I have with editing is that it is a reminder that there's still a large amount of work to do on a book before it can be sent to the formatters. There are few things more rewarding than to finish writing a book and send it to the editor with the thought of, "This book is finished! And it's perfect!" Then a few weeks go by and the work in question returns and pretty much every page contains comments and edits from something as simple as a misspelled or incorrect word to a more thorough critique of "You need to do a better job fleshing out this character's motivation". So, just when the writer thinks they are finished the editor...pulls them back in.
Right now, I'd love to be sitting at my desk working on my fourth book (the sequel to There Goes Tokyo!) or even my fifth book (an actual full length novel) but instead I return to the horror tales and drabbles that populate a book I worked feverishly on through 2012 and 2013. It's a nice reflection returning to these tales, but it's also very much work. And this is not the "joy of creation" and "fun of discovery" kind of work either! This is the "cross the Ts and dot the Is" arduous detailing that turns an amateur book into a professional novel.
|I go old school and print up a paper copy from the editor.|
Usually it's easier and faster to add my own
marks and notes alongside hers as I work on the final version.