My first major step in getting my novel published was to hire a professional editor. I am working with Pat Goudy O'Brien, a former president of the League of Vermont Writers and extremely experienced editor. A few days ago, she sent me my edits. Soon, I'll be getting her report on my novel, with high level comments.
Reviewing the edits, I find myself both excited (She got it! She likes it! Her edits make sense! External validation!) and a little overwhelmed (Crap, I have a lot of work ahead of me!).
I'm one of those people who loves getting the words down on the paper, and hates going back and editing. Wait, that might be every person. But, if I'm going to get published, there's going to have to be some heavy lifting, and I can tell that once I've put in the time to tighten this work up, it's going to be a better read and a more engaging work. Which is saying something, because it's already a good novel. Did I mention the novel is great? It is.
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