I sent my edits in for The Stars in Her Hair to the People’s Library a few days late. I was a little disappointed that the edits were only going to be typographical ones. If I had known, I would have sent my novel to be edited by someone else before submitting it.
I don’t know much about the publishing process, but it seems a little unusual for a book to be printed without an editor.
Why didn’t I send it off? I guess I wasn’t ready for the book to be seen by anyone else. It was too raw. So, I edited on my own and it turned out quite a big job. Confronting. Some of my writing was bad and the plot meandered and nonsensical at times. I cut 20K works out in that edit.
The draft as it is now is a very raw final draft. It will be published with only typos fixed. I feel I haven’t done enough, I even had a dream I was burying the novel in a hole in the backyard. So no one would read it. But I’ve been reassured by some of my more experienced writerly friends that its perfectly natural to feel that way.
I have thoughts about developing this book, but right now, I feel I need to work on my new novel. Perhaps I need to leave it for a while and come back with fresh eyes. Or come back when I have had a good dream about Jane Shu.