Thought it was about time I popped up and made an appearance before people started wondering if I’d dropped off the planet.
As usual, life has been crazy with kids and work and unfortunately writing is reserved for the tiny, late hours of the night where my brain has already headed to bed. In this time, I’ve been working on my FIRST EVER edits.
I suppose I was lucky in that I did a quite major rewrite before subbing the full again to my editor, so the changes are reasonably minor.
Carina has a fabulous system of using Track Changes, which I already use with my CPs, so at least I didn’t have to get used to that.
One thing I thought I’d done bad hadn’t was change all my spelling to American but unfortunately I missed a zillion of these so they were the first things to go. This was relatively easy, as was changing an number of Aussie-isms – terms/phrases that are very Australian and therefore may cause the overseas reader to stumble. The amount of these astounded me – I really didn’t think I had that much of an Aussie vocabulary but its amazing how many words I used without thinking.
As these are my first edits, I’m making up the process as I go along. My process thus far is to start with the really, really easy changes – accept them, then go onto the easy changes- do them, and leave the actual rewrites and adding significant chunks until the end.
I have a kid-free day today and that is what I’m planning to do… start stage three of edits. Wish me luck!
Would love to hear how other people tackle edits?