Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Line Edit Away!

Woohoo! I’m on to my line edit…with a bit of rewrite mixed in. My agent continues to amaze me with her awesome suggestions. I’m in the final stretch before submission. I thought I’d be freaking out much more than I am…but there's still plenty of time to have a nervous breakdown. J

I’m changing my blog schedule to Monday, Wednesday, Friday…if any of you are curious. The Monday – Friday thing wasn’t working out and I like having a set schedule.

I’ve been writing a lot of posts about the process of writing a query and getting an agent. Does anyone have any questions? I’ll do my best to answer them and anything I don’t know I’ll ask my agent. Did I mention she is awesome?

21 comments:

  1. AW! Congrats! You're almost there! I think I'm a far ways off from submission land. Good Luck! I am so excited for you!!

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  2. Congratulations on getting to line edits! Enjoy reaching the end of that process.

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  3. Thanks guys. The whole "editing for your agent" process if a bit different than I thought (before I had an agent) but it's been a wonderful learning experience.

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  4. Congrats on making it to your line edit! I still have a ways to go yet.

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  5. Congrats!! I'm just now entering revision land.

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  6. Whoo! Congrats! Have fun with your line edits! And I love that blog schedule! It's so much easier, and more fun to only blog those days. Keeps stress level down too.

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  7. Good luck! And congratulations :) I'm still slogging away on first draft...can't wait to get to the editing part :) I know thats odd for most writers, but editing seems so much easier to me.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  8. Congratulations and good luck. Thank you for stopping by my blog and entering the contest. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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  9. Don't have any questions, but I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK!!!

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  10. How exciting to be so close to submission! Good luck with it.

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  11. Hooray for awesome agents and being close to finished! Good luck!

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  12. Congrats! Exciting times for you :)

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  13. Congrats! I'm glad you found a great fit between you and your agent.

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  14. Hi Demitria! Wanted to thank you for visiting my blog the other day. I'm a huge sci-fi fan myself. And congrats on getting one step closer! I hope your line edits are perfection ~ :)

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  15. Yay! Congratulations! Best of luck to you:)
    Thank you for visiting my newbie blog;-) I look forward to more of your informative blogs!

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  16. May sound silly but, what *kind* of changes does your agent generally ask you to make? You mention revisions. Do you ever do entire chapter-rewrites, or are they more minor than that? Are you still finding grammar/spelling/punc errors, or are you past that? Chopping deadwood? Chopping characters?

    Agent revisions are so interesting to me.

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  17. Do you have a magic wand/lamp that will allow me to procure an agent instantly? No? Oh well . .

    I'm not good at line editing - I have to have others help with that. But I don't mind any other portion of revision. I feel like that is where the real novel gets written.

    ........dhole

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  18. Congratulations on reaching this stage! I'm enjoying reading about your book submission process. I once spent the summer working for a literary agent and I loved writing reports for the authors and seeing their work get better and better.

    Good luck!

    http://akindleinhongkong.blogspot.com

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  19. Thanks again everyone!

    Martnelli - Yay, a question!

    The amount of revisions you have to do depends on the agent in question. Before you submit to an agent, make sure that the manuscript is as good as you can make it with self-editing, beta readers, and a critique group. This will take care of any major plot or character problems.

    After that, the agent will tell you general things, like to flesh out a character or cut a scene. All manuscripts get "trimmed" whether it's a few lines or a few scenes. There will definitely be scene rewrites and they may even ask you to add a scene (I had to add one to slow down the pacing a bit between plot points.)

    Before you submit to an agent you should have your grammar and spelling under control, but there will be at least a few typos...things that you and all your readers missed. Your agent will go line by line to fix any mistakes.

    The whole process can take a few weeks or a few months. I'm on month three of revisions and am in the home stretch before submission. I wrote a post about it here:

    http://demitrialunetta.blogspot.com/2011/01/editing-for-your-agent-process.html

    Hope this was helful!

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  20. Wow! I am nowhere near being able to submit, but I am surprised at how "hands on" your agent seems to be. It's awesome!

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