Saturday, May 21, 2011

I would certainly edit more if there was more reason to

I just published my second e-book - the interstellar dog-fight and boarding operation of "Bradfer's Pirate" - available, as usual, from Isomorph Press. Before I put it up, I spent several hours editing the story and really brought it to maximum effect.

Similarly, I'm currently doing a re-write of another story for a magazine. It's also going well, and I'm enjoying the editing process. The funny thing is, even though I'm enjoying these projects, and even though I can very clearly see the improvements I'm making to these stories, I normally hate editing.

That's unfortunate, because I can obviously create better product if I spend more time editing. I guess the incentive of knowing well and truly that there may be a potential audience for a story makes me want to work harder on my writing. If I'm the only one to see it, I don't care so much.

Maybe I'm not the discerning reader I thought I was; or maybe I just need more lag time between readings. I've started putting my shorts aside for at least a month between initial composition and editing, and it's a great strategy.

In any case, you have nothing to fear with Bradfer's Pirate: I can guarantee it's a bang-up job. All those rejections from the professional 'zines were the antidote I needed to swallow to produce an awesome tale in the long run. Besides: there's really nothing more awesome than space-grapples - and that's all I have to say about that.

-bn

3 comments:

  1. Editing is something I struggle with too. But for the most part, I don't think I've needed to worry so much about it because my writing hasn't been up to snuff in general. Gotta practice, though.

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  2. Hello! It's been a while, and I was wondering what you were up to. You made the plunge to e-publishing, I see.

    I've used at least a month lag time before editing for some time now, and I, too, have found it helps enormously. What I thought was a tight, straightforward story at first can be full of obvious holes, and the time off allows me to see them more like an outside observer would. Best of luck with evolving your craft!

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  3. ePub actually makes my editing process less annoying for me (for short stories). It goes: finish, spell-check, submit, wait out the churn, read through it again while e-formatting, upload, copy-edit once when it goes into a series, copy-edit again when it goes into a larger collection.

    It's a natural month or so lag-time, it makes the annoying parts of the Business side work for me, and it keeps my focus on the series where I want it to be.

    (Books are different.)

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