Yippee!!! My novel is almost ready for submission. That doesn't mean I am, but my novel almost is.
I went through the suggested changes from Laura who acted as my editor. I agreed with 98.5% of them. I worked hard on them and did my best to make them sound as good as she suggested. One I didn't agree with her on and the other I wasn't really sure what she was referring to. So I left it. If the publisher doesn't like it either, then they can make the suggestion to change it to something else.
Now that that's done, it's not complete. I have to go through one more time and look for missing commas. I forget to add them around someone's name when they are being spoken to. An editor at a publishing house will not want to see that so I need to catch all of those before it goes off. That's really the only thing I'm looking for in this edit. If I find other things of course I will fix them, but I think I have fixed them. Keeping fingers crossed.
Now you ask, "what will I do once all of the commas are corrected?" That's easy, wait for my friend, Emily to return my query letter and summary. You always need a second eye on something. When those are returned and I make whatever suggested changes, then I can submit my novel. I think the worst thing about writing, is the query letter. I'd rather do a thousand rewrites than one query letter. oh boy...
So, please drop me a comment of support as I gear up for my next step in this writing process.
Brenda Birch Gallaher