So, the book came back from the editor (Anne) and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised. Very pleased with myself. Okay, she cut about 7,000 words which a huge amount but when I read the revised manuscript, I never really noticed they were gone. The mark of a good editor and a lesson for an overwriter.
It’s interesting because when the MS came back, it came back in full markup mode and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the number of changes – deletions mostly but, still… Not good for the blood pressure when you see it for the first time. What did shock me though was the number of corrections made to things like commas, quote marks etc. I thought I had a pretty good eye and had caught most of them. Nope. Anne caught a helluva lot more. I wonder if it’s because we get so familiar with the document over such a long period of time that become word-blind – don’t see the mistakes that are right there in front of us. A good reason to get it checked by others before it goes anywhere.
The report was good, full of positives, but I will be asking a few questions for clarification only. Overall, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out and I honestly think it’s a better book for it.