So in the middle of this whole first self-publishing experience, I’m attempting to get my second novel of the series ready to quickly follow the first.I find myself going back (what feels like so long ago) to the first major edits of my first. So these are the things I’ve learned from so many terrific editing blogs out there:
1) Remove all the ‘just’s you can
2)Remove all the ‘that’s you can
3)Do an ‘ly’ search for adverbs and change them where you can
4) I tend to overuse the word ‘look’ so I do a search for those and change them
6) Tighten up unneeded words
7) Remove all unnecessary dialog tags
8 ) Cut the fat (take out anything that doesn’t move the story forward)
9) Change all ‘has pulled’ to ‘pulls’ or ‘is running’ to ‘runs’, even ‘comes running’ to ‘runs’
I’ve also started to go through all the things I learned from my editor so she doesn’t think I’m a lost cause. My goal is to have a lot less red on the pages with the next one.
It seems a never-ending process though because publishing the second makes me want to finish writing the third book so I can have that follow as well, but I’m only human! How can I be learning self-publishing, promoting, editing the second, AND writing the third! How do these prolific writers do it?