I received my first-round edits back on my debut novel. I am excited to report that the editor said she really enjoyed the book and that it was a pleasure to edit. I must admit I felt some genuine relief being told by an industry professional that my book is good. I signed with the publisher months ago, but the acquisitions editor only read a short blurb about the book (aka a query) and the first few chapters. Having a professional read it from beginning to end feels like an entirely different feat. I am now more confident starting the second book.
I still have lots of time to work on book two before the first one comes out since there is second-round edits still to come. My book is once again at the back of the queue and I have been told to expect another 16-18 weeks before I hear from another editor. I’ve only written about thirty pages so far in book two, but I know the basics of where it’s going so now it’s up to the characters to show me how they’re going to get there. I came to realize that as the characters develop they seem to do things their own way. I only get so much say. I cannot tell you if this is typical for writers but it has certainly been my experience. Luckily for me, the protagonists in my story go about things in a way I enjoy writing about. They keep me entertained and often make me giggle, while stumbling through the intrigues I have set out before them—always involving murder and mystery, of course.
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