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Revising a Duology: It's Complicated

Oh, revisions… My old nemesis… We truly have a love/hate relationship. I hate doing the work, but I love the results. And, well, editing is a huge part of publishing a book, so, I suppose, this relationship isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


To use a somewhat tired adage, if our relationship was a social media status, it would definitely be "It’s complicated." Just when I think I’ve got editing a project all figured out, it flips my expectations upside-down.

Editing Beware the Night was a year-long marathon. I sort of assumed the experience would be similar for the sequel, Defy the Sun. I could not have been more wrong. Honestly, I’m still shocked at how seamlessly the process went. Don’t get me wrong, I worked. Hard. But it was a steadier, gentler process. Think: Battling rough seas with the first book versus smooth sailing with the second. I still had to get somewhere, but the two journeys were very different.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ll take smooth sailing any day! After I had Defy the Sun outlined and then drafted, it only took two large passes and then one much smaller line-edit before it was ready to go to copyedits (copyedits = the light at the end of the revisions tunnel). I started in October and was finished in May. This is compared to Beware the Night which took a painful six large passes plus a few smaller ones—a full year and then some.


I love both books equally and gave each one the time and work it needed to evolve into its best version.

All right, editing, I do love you.

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(:whispers: But also I hate you.)

Defy the Sun goes on sale March 10, but it's available to preorder now! (And don't forget to add it to your Goodreads shelf!)

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Jessika Fleck

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter—she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do …

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