Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer Journal 2013 - Entry #2

Today I'm ready to attach and hit the send button for the second round of edits for This Feels Like Home. This past week I did my backwards (starting at the last page and going forward) read-through to look for minor errors. I found a few phrases that needed to be fixed, but nothing too major. I also did some double-checking of general facts to make sure I wasn't making mistakes about the weather in Texas in the Fall or making sure I had my characters at the right age so when they talk about the past I'm not making them too young. Sometimes things like these get lost in the momentum of writing and it's easy to forget to go back and double-check.

Before I hit send, I'm going to write up a 'letter to the reader' for the front of the book. This particular editor didn't ask for one, but all of my other print books have one, including the two that began this particular series, so I'd like to be consistent. In staying with that idea, I'd also like to come up with a short series blurb for the end of the book. My former editor did a wonderful one to tie This Can't Be Love to This Time for Always, and again, for consistency, and to encourage readers to read the entire three-book series, I'd like to have this.

Looking ahead, I'm not sure what writing project I'll tackle this coming week. But I'm sure something will come to me!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

I like the idea of being consistent with the extra content. Those nice touches usually pay off.

What I have noticed in some ebooks, though is a long excerpt from another of the author's books at the end. I think short is more effective. Sometimes readers expect the original book to be longer, and are disappointed when it isn't.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

I sent the ideas off to my editor yesterday, so we'll see what she says!