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You’ve Edited Your Book – What’s Next?

What comes next after editing your book

What comes next after the editing of a book is complete?

I never thought I’d see the day where I could finally say – I’ve finished editing my book. Oh, what a joyous feeling it is. Halleluja! I began editing my debut novel “Reckless Beginnings” in August 2017. It’s been a grueling eight months. Hours have been spent checking every word, sentences, and paragraphs. Rewrites have been done, paragraphs have been shifted or removed completely. Once I had done everything I could possibly do, I handed it over to my editor to complete the task and return it to me polished and squeaky clean. She didn’t fail me.

The Final Read

What comes next after editing your book

After ten days with my editor, the manuscript was now back in my hands. I needed to do one more final read before returning it to my publisher.

After weeks of rain, snow, and winds where I’ve been cooped up indoors, we finally had a weekend of glorious weather with temperatures in the seventies. I took advantage of the perfect conditions by setting up the office outside on the grass to do my final reading.

With laptop in hand, plenty of bottled water, a fresh pot of hot tea, I dug my bare toes into the cool soft grass and began the process while admiring the wonderful view of Frazier Mountain. (I love my office:) )

Six hours later, I read the last line and smiled. With very little changes, I’m thrilled how the book has turned out and hope my readers will feel the same. What started out as an idea in my head over twenty years ago is now a novel, that I created. At that moment, I was feeling pretty damn proud of myself, if I must say.

What’s Next?
What comes next after editing your book

With the editing stage behind me. (Oh, how I love to say that.) It’s time to move onto the next stage, which is page formatting. Satisfied with the manuscript, I emailed it back to the publisher to begin the process.

What is page formatting? This is where my publisher will transfer the manuscript into the format of a book. Margins will be added, font size and style will be decided. Pages will be numbered and the style of the chapter headings will be chosen.

For me this is exciting! The next time I see my book, it will look much different. The publisher told me that the process will take about five weeks. At that time I will need to go through it, making sure nothing got deleted or switched around. I’m estimating the task will take a few weeks.

Final Thoughts

This has been such a learning experience. My father was an author but I never saw this side of the process. There were many times I wanted to quit and just walk away. Unable to find the right words, burned out with editing, having no motivation and fearing criticism. Tears have been shed, many late nights have been spent with explosions of frustrations. I have put my heart and soul into this book and  I’m so happy I didn’t give up. Even though we still have quite a ways to go before I actually get to hold my book in my hands, I’m beginning to feel the rewards. I’m not expecting to be the next Nora Roberts. I had a story to tell and I actually sat down and wrote it and to see someone reading my book, well that feeling will be priceless.

Never give up on your dreams, keep pushing through the obstacles that may come your way and tell yourself you can do this. What have you done that you’re proud of? Was there a time where you almost gave up? I would love to hear about it.

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What comes next after editing your book

 

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What comes next after editing your book

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60 thoughts on “You’ve Edited Your Book – What’s Next?”

  1. Yay happy to read that you’re in the final editing stages of your book! How inspirational that you have a pretty mountain view from where you’re doing your reading at. Best of luck with the final edits and reads!

  2. Woo that’s great Tina, I’m so pleased for you. I bet it’s a wonderful feeling. Well done and please let us know on All Wite when it’s ready to go. I look forward to seeing the finished product 😊

  3. Writing and publishing a book sounds like a lot of hard work, but it sounds like you are doing a great job and working hard at making it a big success. Enjoy the process.

  4. Congrats Tina! Well done. There’s a lot that goes into this process and I’m happy to read that you’re in the final editing stages of your book! Best of luck with the final edits and reads!

  5. Congrats! My Mom has been trying to write a book for the past 25 years and I think she’d find this post really inspiring! What an incredible accomplishment!

  6. Congratulations, you are almost there! WE can’t wait to finally see your published book! I admire your dedication, and hope soon I can write my own book. You rock 😀

  7. Congratulations! I admire your dedication and perseverance. What an amazing feeling knowing that you put your heart and soul into this and you are almost there. I look forward to reading your book.

  8. It’s so interesting to see the process. Definitely a goal of mine some day, so I’m soaking up all of the steps. One thing is the length of time it takes between each step. Patience will be a must.

  9. Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing the labor part of your birth! It is no small accomplishment and many do not even know about the process!! I celebrate you in so many ways & look forward to seeing your work in print. 🎊💕 Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

  10. Best of Luck for your book..yes the final editing work is really critical..although you are so confident to launch it, emotions are countless. Happy that now your manuscript is in a format of a book.

  11. The road to becoming an author is not that easy but reaching to the step where you have actually completed editing your book is a marvellous achievement! Thank you for sharing your insight!

  12. Congrats on gettinublishing.g your book to the final stage before publishing. This was such an interesting and informative read. And, thanks for sharing the process of writing a book!

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