Editing,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress

Once Upon A Writing Update…


I’m officially a paid author! ^_^ The first payment came in last week from Smashwords – others to follow. Cue balloons and streamers and stuff. 😀 I didn’t think I would be this excited, but here I am, being really excited. 😀 I finally get to claim writing income on my taxes. Haha.

So, I have to set my current project aside for a week or so to edit “Winter’s Siren.” I’m excited to read that story again, but I really want to be drafting right now. I hate being interrupted while I’m drafting, which is kind of becoming the norm of late. But I need to get the editing done because I have to get it to the proofreading editor in like two weeks, and also, it’s hanging over my head and stressing me out.

The good news is that I’m at a great stopping place right now in “Whisper.” I’m in the middle of chapter three, middle of a paragraph, I know where I am and what comes next. Sure, knowing me, I’ll probably finish editing over the weekend, assuming I don’t feel like crap. I feel ill right now, by the way. I think some stress and insomnia has just finally caught up to me, and my body just wants to rest and heal or some crap.

So, into the editing cave with me. I started last night, just a few pages to get my feet wet, and also, because I felt ill, I had a hard time thinking, so I couldn’t do more. Of course, I absolutely love this story, and I’m happy to read it again and edit it some more. I’m just not crazy about this back and forth schedule that I’m on. But unless I want to have long stretches of time when I’m doing nothing, which I don’t like either, it’s back and forth I go.

My thinking is that I’ll either just get used to it or I’ll start drafting faster so I can finish stuff between rounds of editing. I get such a slow start to stuff, typically, though, so I don’t know if drafting faster will work, but I’ll see.

It’s kind of funny that I always dread editing, because I love editing. Once I get started, I’m always fine, but since I decided to use a different editor, it didn’t even occur to me that the new editor would do things differently. And different = stressful.

My last editor was very professional and precise about when she would be done, and she was done by that date. This time, I had no idea when the line editor would be done – I wasn’t told, only that she would be done by the end of July, which was the absolute latest I told her would work for me, and I have no idea when the proofreader will be done either. She says two or three weeks, which I’m just like, whatever.

Speaking of changes, my last editor gave me notes exclusively through the notes function in Word. This was AWESOME. I could see what she was suggesting and compare it to what I had at the same time. This time, the editor used track changes. She made changes to the document, and a little note or tiny, tiny underline popped up every time she did.

Seriously, I hate this. It’s hard on my eyes, increases the likelihood that I’ll miss something, and I’m having to go back and forth between my original document and the edited document to see what I had and compare it to what she did, because news flash, editors are not always right, and they don’t always suggest the best changes. Maybe, once I get in a rhythm, it won’t take as long as I’m thinking. I guess it’s a good thing I have about five backup editors for next time. Just in case. Because I’m neurotic as crap. 😛

I don’t know what I’m going to do between this round of editing and the next, because the last rounds will be around the first of September, and I seriously doubt I can finish “Whisper” by then – I mean, I probably could, but I’m not trying to stress myself out. Guess I have no choice but to get interrupted again. Whoopee.

But I’ll get it figured out one of these days, right? 😀


  • Sunflower Michelle

    Congrats on the first payment! It feels amazingly weird, doesn’t it? “Someone’s paying me for this now! Whee!”

    Earlier this year, I was shuffling through this draft and edits for a short story, But putting aside a draft to edit a whole book must be wrenching your mind from one thing to another. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of the thing. Earlier

  • Tonja Drecker

    Yay to the payment! Your first editor sounds more my style. I tend to be a scheduled person (more or less) and hate wishy-washy time frames. But so is life! I’m sure you’ll battle your way through fine. Have fun in the editing cave and don’t forget to come out for a beam of light every now and then!

  • Thea Landen

    Congrats on getting paid! Woo hoo!

    Every editor I’ve worked with has been super nice, but there are definitely ones who are more in sync with my own writing style than others. You know where I’ve been finding the biggest differences in opinion? Commas. They’ll make you crazy.

    • Krystal Jane

      It’s so funny you say that! One of the biggest irritants I’m facing right now is over commas. I’m resolving right now to not let it drive me over the edge. 🙂

  • tyreanmartinson

    I have a tough time with reading editing notes, too. I go back and forth between documents. I have others skim it (my hubs and kids) and they can usually find some note that I’ve missed.
    Congrats on getting paid as an author!!! Way to go!

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