IWSG : Working with Editors Part 2 - Initial Evaluation

Posted on December 3, 2014
To continue last month's blog post, IWSG : Working with Editors, I am writing about the initial evaluation I received over the weekend from my new editing group for my latest novel. To say the least....it was freaking awesome!


Be cool. Don't get too excited.
There's still lots of work to be done.

There are definite things to improve upon, lots of changes to make, but there were several positive comments about tension buildup, my convincing dialog, connecting with certain characters over others, and how I made the reviewer hold her breath between certain chapters. She was very detailed, pages-worth of feedback, and she gave great advice for consideration. She was clear and concise. I felt as if she really "got" the story.

I was nervous about her feedback, expecting plot holes and maybe mixing up lore with present day facts and characters (there's a lot of history), but there was none of that. I was so relieved. Anything else, to me, is cake.

So, the saga continues....

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18 comments:

  1. Outside readers can show you a blindspot you didn't know you had. Listen carefully. When the majority say something doesn't work, they are usually right. When they tell you how to fix it, they are usually wrong -- at least that is what Neil Gaiman writes.

    In the end, you must write YOUR novel not theirs. Best of luck in the revisions!

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    1. It's so true, Roland. I take all feedback seriously. I kind of like the negatives, actually. It's like when you have broccoli stuck in your teeth - you want someone to tell you so you can clear it before taking a picture.

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  2. That is so great that the reviewer actually had to hold her breath between chapters - just what a writer wants to hear! :)

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    1. Seriously! It's definitely a confidence booster!

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  3. I've always like Joe Cool's advice far more than Lucy's. Best wishes to you and your revisions!

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

    It's really nice when someone "gets" your story. The sense of validation you get when someone shows you that they understand what you're doing is invaluable.

    Once, I was in a "group" where I felt my story was misunderstood by a few people. After my critique, someone emailed me to let me know she got my story, and when she connected the dots for me, she truly showed that she understood what I was trying to do. Her note really made a difference in my outlook of my story, and in my perspective of where I was going as a writer.

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    1. I like her one-on-one approach - makes it more personal, and she could say whatever she wanted without pressure from the group. There are some people that just know how to inspire without even trying.

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  5. Sounds like excellent and helpful feedback. You're very lucky to have such a person. Good Luck!!

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    1. It's working out so far. Thanks for stopping by Cathrina!

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  6. The moment just before you read the editor's comments is always the hardest. Good luck.

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    1. There are few things in life I hate. Waiting is one of them. :-)

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  7. Great to hear you had a fantastic experience. I still get worried when I get my editor's drafts back. That's when I eat lots of cookies!

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    1. Cookies, Snickers, Reeses Pieces... anything with chocolate really. :-)

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  8. Oh, yay! It makes all the difference when the person critiquing your story "gets" it. So glad you received such positive feedback! :)

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    1. Me too! It makes a world of difference. I feel more confident about her interest in working on my manuscript.

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  9. Sounds like you found the perfect CP - keep her!! CPs who "get it", who take the time and give careful and thoughtful feedback, are gems. Congratulations on all of the positive feedback! It always feel so good!

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    1. I'm keeping her as long as I can, Liz! Thanks for stopping by!

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