When I've finished my edits and left it in the hands of a proof reader, I start thinking, "I should have changed this. I'm still torn about that. Was I too obvious? Too vague? Did I edit my natural prose too much?" I think I have pretty healthy instincts on what to edit in my own writing. But no one is perfect, and neither will my story be.
So, let's go over what happened. Aeris went through two edits.
The first read through and edit was for continuity, naming, and storyline. That is where the biggest changes happened in Aeris. I rewrote Zyander's storyline. I deleted two chapters from Luka's story, then added a whole new one at the end of the book. I moved 3 or 4 chapters into different order. I deleted parts of Nikka's story, and rewrote portions of it. Then there were the MULTIPLE changes along the way, the little ones.
The second read through and edit were for paragraph, sentence, style and structure. This is the most tedious, but ultimately necessary part of my editing. This is where I examined each sentence for its meaning, and its form. I try not to mess too much with my inherent writing style, because, well, I like my style. It's not for everyone, but its what makes me unique. Still, writing at 5 in the morning is telling sometimes. Many sentences were unclear, or said too much or were repetitive. Those have got to go.
Now, the book will be with the proofreader for about a month, I'm guessing. When it gets back, I will look over any changes that are called for, then I'll format the book, and post it on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.
What am I doing while I wait? Taking a much deserved break. I've been dwelling on this storyline so long my brain hurts, frankly. I've got several chapters plotted out for when I start up with Terris, but for now, I'm going to be on vacation for three weeks. YES, THREE. I'll be in Utah, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevadas. Some of the time I'll have access to the internet, so I may post an entry or two.
I will also—because I have a DISEASE—still be writing.
I've gotten some requests to write more of my angelic agents, so I will probably do a third in Gideon & Samora's tale, and start in on the story of Bethel and her transformation. Fun stuff!
I will also have my kindle and like a BAZILLION books on it. If you are interested in knowing what I'll be reading, I made a list on my pinterest. LINK HERE
And finally, I just want to give a shout-out to Kait Nolan and her wonderful ROW80 writing challenge. Without the cheers and encouragement of so many who have been on this year-long journey with me since the beginning, I don't know if I ever would have finished Aeris. So thanks, everyone!