My Editing Process: The Finishing Touches

Now we're in the nit-picking portion of editing. By this point, I've gone through notes from any other readers. This is the closest to done that a book will be. It's exciting, but I kind of hate this part the most. Once my other readers have had their say, I will accept or reject their changes. I'm thankful for another set of eyes. They point out the things I've missed.

I tie up plot holes. Fix small grammar and style issues. Then I let it sit again. I know it can seem pointless, especially to someone early in their writing journey. This waiting. It's worth it, I promise.

On my last read-through, I will do another find + replace. For those pesky words I've missed, or those I've added during re-writes. Make another to-do list. This time it's much smaller.

If I'm still feeling iffy about the book, at this point I'll print it out and color code it. Colors for dialogue, world building, etc. This is time consuming, but enables you to see the big picture.

If I'm not doing that, I'll finish up those last minute changes and I'm done. As close to a book can ever get to done, I guess.

This is as far as I go with the book now. I know once my publishing journey progresses there will be many more steps to editing. I'm okay with that. I like re-reading to fix those small issues. I would warn not to read your book too often. I did that and ended up hating it. It took a full two months off from the book before I could even stand to think about it.

During this last, pain in the butt part of editing, I like to be writing something new. Drafting will always be my favorite part of writing. It's playtime for me. So I do this work I hate, knowing my reward is that new shiny manuscript.

I hope you enjoyed reading about how I edit. I know it won't work for everyone, but I feel that this process really works for me.