It’s up a bit late as for a lot of reason I’ve been quite slack over the last couple of weeks. I’d like to say it isn’t usual for me, but unfortunately, it is.
I hate my books once I’ve written them.
It’s not in the simple way that I really hate them. most of the time I absolutely love the idea, the way it’s come together and just the story in generally, but I just can’t stand the sight of it once it’s done. Which is a huge problem if you’re publishing as you end up having to read it again and again and again.
Like all authors, I hate editing (sorta). It is honestly the worst thing about publishing that come up, and being as I’m on my last look, and there are yet another set of questions I have to answer and fix, the annoying is up front.
But editing is like that. it’s mostly annoying because you have this book, you’ve done the legwork. you’ve gotten it to a point of sending it off, only to have someone send it back telling you this doesn’t make sense, this isn’t working, or I don’t understand this word.
That one is my biggest editing pet peeve, honestly the culture differences drives me up the walls, mostly because that’s what they are. but because the company isn’t where I am I have to change it to be more universal, which is fine, until we get to words that work, that everyone knows, and the editor is telling you they don’t understand it so no one will.
Anyway, I could bitch a lot more about that, but I won’t, because I get it, and if I didn’t want to deal with it all I have to do is pull myself out of the publishing houses and go self-publishing. And I don’t want to do that so I’ll pull up my big pants and change things that need changing, and really they probably should be changed in the first place because it makes it easier for everyone to read, and being as most of my readers aren’t Australian’s then it’s better to take their advice.
But enough about that, because it’s not what I wanted to talk about.
I generally can’t stand reading my books once they are written.
I’m not sure why, and it’s not as bad when I feel there’s something wrong with what I’ve written and I know the only way I can figure it out is by reading it, but…yeah, I can’t stand it.
I don’t like the fact that I get emotional, I don’t like the fact that I did something I know is good but don’t want to admit, or maybe it’s because reading it I know I’d have to.
Did that make sense?
I know it’s something I can’t avoid. I find that it’s easier to do editing when the books fresh in my mind then I do when it’s been awhile, though I’m not sure if that’s only me.
The closer it is from finishing to editing, the more you remember about your book, and therefore the faster you can read it.
For me, it’s the faster you can get it all over with.
Now, in a few days, I’m starting this month’s promo, and I want to add a note, I’m can fully and completely understand if this book doesn’t cut it. The characters just weren’t working for me, and though I’m sure there is a lot more I could have given the book itself, I can’t actually give you any more, but you will learn a lot more about Dan, Eamon and the Doc in the next series arc, I can promise you that.