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So, Winter Howl is coming out at the end of December, and I just got the first edits in to my editor. (A little less than two weeks after she got them to me, just so you know I wasn’t sitting on them for months and working on them last minute.) Holy cow, things are moving fast.
I thought I was going to write about Winter Howl during the editing process and share ALL the thoughts, but as it turned out, I was so busy trying to get it done so that I can finish another project before November that there was no time for sharing.
Here are a few things, though:
– Reading for the purpose of correcting edits is not the same as reading it the first time through and editing it all by yourself. The parts that usually get me worked up were all business during the edits.
– I made a few utterly hilarious mistakes, so the way my editor pointed them out was good for a giggle.
– I edited 250 pages in four days. This was made easier by the tracking feature in Word, since many of the changes I accepted were British punctuation and spelling as well as independent body parts that needed to be reattached, which was just a matter of alternate wording. So most of the time, I was just reading through and clicking Accept.
– There were many parts that I couldn’t remember what I meant and the sentences gave no context. I am mysterious, but you’ll never know that. Those sentences got nixed.
– The biggest change was adding a whole new chunk of a scene in to address safe sex. I generally don’t do that, as I mention in that post. But my editor brought it up, and I figured out a way to bring it into the story without interrupting the fantasy, which is my main concern. It’s brief, but it does the job.
– I really don’t like double-space. I don’t know why it makes a difference to my reading, but it does. It makes everything seem juvenile to me, not just my writing. But I recognize that as my own quirk, and I’m pretty sure most other people don’t have that problem.
– By the third day, I was getting a little worn down with the “fix this, fix that.” I know my editor loves the story, and I really don’t take any of the corrections personally. They were all very needed. But apparently I need a little validation once in a while.
– I still love this story. I think, emotionally, I’m past it. I got out what needed to be got out, and now I’m two years later and dealing with new things. But the story is a good one, and I’m looking forward to starting the second book in the Sanctuary trilogy.
Several things are happening. First, Seductress – the succubus anthology for which I contributed “Harvest” – is coming out on Oct. 16, although you seem to be able to get copies already.
Second, I’m wrapping up a writing project. Third, my edits for Winter Howl are coming in soon. Fourth, I’ll be working on Winter Howl‘s sequel, Cry Wolf, for NaNoWriMo this year.
If it sounds like I’m busy, it’s because I am, but writing is a kind of work that energizes rather than enervates me. Also, I’m thoroughly excited about the Sanctuary trilogy, period. It’ll even be helpful that I have to go over Winter Howl and get everything as finalized as possible before starting in on Cry Wolf.
The biggest shock to my system is going to be moving from Renee’s perspective – albeit through third-person – to a new protagonist, although I’ll return to Renee in the final book of the trilogy. I’ll have to get used to seeing Renee through other people’s eyes and try to stay out of too much of her life. Still, Kelly is an awesome person, and I’ll enjoy trailing her for a while.
So that’s what I’m doing in this radio silence – getting prepared to sink in for the long haul of devoting time to my erotica. That should cover part of October all the way through January, if I decide to edit Wolf Girl after finishing Cry Wolf. Incidentally, while I wrote Wolf Girl in the same universe, it’s a completely separate story. Just saying.