Jennifer talks about editing her manuscripts...
For the past month, I’ve been focused on editing several manuscripts. My number one priority was the manuscript I was submitting to my agent. She provides editing guidelines that we are to follow prior to sending it in to her. Once she receives it, she does her own editing and sends it back to us. So, with a self-imposed deadline of February 1, I went through my manuscript, tentatively titled In The Moment, one last time, doing a final polishing. I incorporated additional comments from my critique group and made sure I met the guidelines of my agent. Then, with fingers crossed, I submitted it to her.
I’ve also spent time editing a friend’s manuscript. I was really excited to do this, as I hadn’t gotten the chance to read beyond the first ten or twelve chapters when she first wrote it, before she decided to revise it significantly. So this time, I was able to read it from beginning to end. Other than one particular chapter, I loved it! And that one chapter that I didn’t like? Well, I can’t speak for her, but I enjoyed going back and forth with her, discussing why I didn’t like it and helping her problem solve. I can’t wait for it to be published—it’s going to be a great book!
Finally, I’m editing Skin Deep, which is getting re-released by Rebel Ink Press in March. It has a new, gritty cover, which is more in keeping with the type of story it is, and now that the editor has reviewed it and made suggestions, I’m going through it one last time and incorporating some of what she suggested.
Bottom line? Editing always works better, at least for me, when multiple eyes see a manuscript. No one person can catch everything, so it’s best to have extra help.