Every Book Is a Different (Editing) Story
People always say that each book is its own kind of monster, but I guess I never expected the editing process to be so different from book to book. Writing the first draft? Sure, that was bound to change depending on the story. But editing? Wasn’t that supposed to be the same type of thing every time you did it?
Not so fast.
Unlike my debut, Match Me If You Can, my second book, How to Speak Boy, was written based on a synopsis that my editor already approved. Meaning, I didn’t have to do anything as drastic as say, removing the magic system to make it a traditional contemporary (like I did with Match Me If You Can). We worked out all those really big changes back when we were hammering out the synopsis. Sure, when I wrote it, a few things changed, but overall, those super big concept changes my editor wanted were made before I even wrote the first draft.
Let me tell you, this made edits So. Much. Easier. Of course, I still had to make changes. Some of them were even quite big. But when you’re expecting your editor to take a flame thrower to your manuscript, and they use a regular old sword instead, well, that sword doesn’t hurt as much. Just sayin’.
Now I really know just how different each book can be, even in edits. And while I know my editing experience with my next book might not go as smoothly, for now, I’ll take what I can get.