I’m in the process of editing the first book in my Demons of Infernum series, which is set to be released by Entangled Publishing in August 2011. Having gone through the editing process on a couple of different manuscripts now, it strikes me I have a pretty standard process for editing. It goes something like this:
- Day 1 – Receive and read through edits. Throw them down in panic and obsess over how I can’t possibly do what’s being asked of me.
- Day 2 – Panic and worry about how I’m going to be a total failure.
- Day 3 – Alternate panicking with pep talks about how I can do it.
- Day 4 – Read through the edits again. Realize these suggestions will make the story much stronger. Get excited. Sit down and start editing.
I have a feeling my process is not so unique. I would imagine a lot of other writers feel the same exact way when editing their work.
What I’ve found is that nothing alleviates the worry and stress of editing like actually sitting down and doing it. (Novel concept, huh?) But that initial period of reflection is necessary. Even though it mostly feels like I’m just worrying, I’ve accepted that some part of my brain is working through those edits, mulling them over and trying to puzzle out how they’ll be accomplished. In other words, it’s all part of the editing process (at least for me).
I’d love to hear from some writers who’ve gone through editing with publishers/agents. Do you have a similar panic-to-acceptance-to-excitement process, or do you (gasp) get excited about it from the very beginning?