Okay, done with that round. It came out to 117,574 words. The pages came to 391 but that is with .5″ margins. With the publisher’s submission guidelines of 1″ margins, it comes out to 501 pages. Whoa! Big difference! Wait, I use Verdana when I type ’cause it’s so big. Changing to Times New Roman….Wow. That shrunk it down. 399 pages now. In comparison, BGCFA final copy (with chapter breaks and other stuff) came to 78,303 words and 302 pages. So after the chapter breaks are put in, Simple Sarah is going to be huge. Coooool.
Anyway, I diverted myself.
Next, off to the beta readers!
Then, edit in their suggestions/changes.
Then, print it out, pull pages at random, edit one page at a time*, and enter those in.
Send it off!
Hope it sells!
*In pulling pages at random, you see just that page. You don’t get caught up in the story. You see the words on the page as just that, words. You can see a lot of errors this way, especially commonly skimmed over errors and sound-a-like words such as their and there and they’re.
Words of advice: make sure you print it out with the page numbers! Made that mistake once….
I realized I’d not posted in a while. Not since I went off and ranted on a few things. Nothing like gaining friends that way, eh?
Anyway, edits on Simple Sarah continue. To recap, I printed it all out (402 pages) and went through it to edit. I then started inputting those edits including hacking off bits and chunks. It ended at 121,103 and, right now, sits at 118,457 and 393 pages. I’m at a place where I’m having to pause and think and it will result first in a huge hack of words but then some other words put into its place.
It is going much slower than I thought it would. I had some issues I needed to iron out. And even still, there’s a few places where I have just decided to leave in and worry about later based on beta reader opinion and, perhaps even later if it sells, the editor’s opinion.
My goal is to get this damn thing done by this weekend. My self-imposed goals were not realistic but I learned a lot from them. I still want to get two BG books out this year but I will be happy to get one written and edited and sent and get the other at least written. I’ll re-evaluate that as soon as Simple Sarah is out of here.
I finished the edits already. Now to enter them and other changes into the manuscript. After that is done, I’ll send it off to the Beta Readers.
Over all, I really like this book. It has some issues here and there that I think I can fix or I can get good suggestions from the Beta Readers.
Speaking of which, any one want to be one? A Beta Reader, that is?
I hate editing. I really do. I wish I could say I’ve gotten better at it.
But this is daunting, don’t you think?
That’s 402 pages, double spaced, .5″ margins all around, with a footer. Oy.
That small amount I’ve got separated by my finger is pages 1-83. I’m on page 50. Oy.
My printer did a good job of it. It only got itself hung up once and I hung it up twice trying to feed it paper. I only had to reprint 3 pages! Not bad. It did it really fast because I remembered to put it on “economical/fast draft” setting. Ink is expensive!
I’m doing a slash and dash type of editing right now. If it don’t forward the story, out it goes. I’m thinking a huge chunk of the beginning is going to go. So I’m glad I ended it so big.
Oh, and I’m getting a cross-cut shredder. That stuff will be mulch after I’m done with it.