13 February 2013 | By: Victoria Escobar

Indie Life: Final Stages of Writing

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Hosted by the Indelibles, Indie Life is a monthly feature on the second Wednesday of the month.  This is a chance for indie authors to post about indie life, find each other, offer support, encouragement, news, helpful hints, and anything else that makes life as an indie author a little easier.

I seem to be in a continuous state of panic as of recent.  My debut book is due to be published in March and I’m in the process of cutting all the loose strings and polishing to a sheen.  Nothing has gone according to plan for the last two months. Not to say it’s been bad, it just hasn’t been to plan. 

I started with ten Beta readers that were supposed to have their input in by February first.  I got three. >_< But I’m not letting that hold me back.  I’ve taken it in stride and I’m working on the final editing with what I’ve got. 

Thankfully, all three of the Betas said nearly the same thing: I need to fix my sentence structure and I tell a powerful story once they figured out what I meant.  Which of course, pleases me, but I wish, oh I wish, I had an editor that could point out all the sentence flaws.  

And when I mean sentence flaws I mean I write my sentences half-assed sometimes. For instance I wrote:

“Damia’s face flared in indignant rage and for a moment Ari was prepared to shout a warning of an oncoming attack but instead Damia stomped away.”

When it makes a lot more sense being written like:

Damia’s face flared in indignant rage and for a moment Ari was prepared to shout a warning.  Damia, however, stomped away instead of attacking.”

:Besides being the worst kind of run on ever it just doesn’t flow neatly.  The even worse part about it is that it’s every other sentence I have to fix. >_< So it's going very slowly. 

Thankfully the story itself is sound.  So I don’t have to add or change any content.  I would probably cry at this point if I did. I’m beyond ecstatic that I don’t.

It’s a learning process though. Especially with it being my first book and I honestly had no idea still don’t know a lot of the process of publishing other than the writing part.  I’ve had some great help along the way and I know I still have a lot to learn about this process as I go along. 

My goal for next time is to find a bit more reliable Beta readers: does anyone know of some? And maybe find an editor what kind of editor I need I have no idea to help along the way.  

I’m having fun though.  Even with my nerves being scraped raw and my fear of missing my deadline I’m having fun.  For me, that’s what’s most important.  As long as I have fun, no amount of stress will keep me down. ^_^

P.S. The next Indie Life post is seven days before release day. I’m interested to see how frantic I will be by then. 

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Laura Pauling said...

Beta readers often take the place of a content editor. But then there's a copy editor, who may do line editing and grammar and typos. I've found my beta readers through blogging, forums. Get involved. :)

And good luck! Better to work on that sentence structure and put out the best book possible!

shelly said...

I'd be glad to beta read for you. Two, its sounds like you need a line by line edit, three, editors...too many peeps cal themselves that and aren't. You've got to be careful, which means you have to check their work.

Hugs and chocolate,

Found you through Indie Life.

Claudia Lefeve said...

Hiccups happen... that's all part of being indie! And I go through similar issues, except for me, it's not sentence structure but tenses! UGH!!

Heidi Garrett said...

Good Luck! It is a dizzying time:) Enjoy!

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