I can’t say how many editing rounds I’ve done on my first novel, now. I thought I was finished three months ago, took some critical feedback and set out to update it. Every time I think I’m done, I think of something that will make the book, in my eyes, better. As a self-published author, I’ve really been feeling my way in this process. The easy bit is getting the first draft down. The hard bit is refining it and polishing it so it’s ready for the world to see.
I found that people who knew me, who saw early drafts, really ‘got’ the voice it was written in but those who didn’t know me, didn’t. That worried me a little so I engaged the services of a professional editor and, following a full structural review, I have done a huge edit and it is now in its final review with the editor, so I feel I am, finally, nearly there. Working with a professional editor has turned out to be a very wise decision – when you read my book, if you think it’s crap, just think how bad it actually would have been!