Editing: It seems that my life is full of it. : ) When I finished the Triune Stones, I loved it and sent the first book off to agents just knowing they would love it too. I got some bites but no takers. So I put it aside and worked on SO’s novels. Later I took out the Triune Stones and on the advice of an editor; I reworked it completely, giving it a whole new feel. I loved it. Sent it off to agents thinking they would love it too. I got some bites but no takers. I put it down and started on something new.
That something new is now under consideration by several agents and as I’m considering the possiblity that I may actually sign with an agent, my thoughts have turned back to the Triune Stones. Is it saleable? Does it need another edit?
I have heard some advice that says in most cases your first book should be considered ‘practice’. I can see his or her point in saying that but technically Awakening, the first book in The Triune Stones, isn’t my first book. That would be Ilythra, the book on which I based The Truine Stones. I recently read through a few pages of Awakening. I can see where the writing can be tightened a bit, but all in all, I think it’s a strong book that is more a victim of circumstance than bad writing or plot.
This is a tricky situation for any writer. Over-editing is as bad for a MS as under-editing. I’ve seen a MS edited until it loses its soul, the thing that gave it life. It’s like over-stirring muffin batter… It just comes out wrong.
I’ve heard it said that you should write the best book that you can write today and I think it’s good advice. If we keep learning, our next effort will always be improved. Lets face it. I can write a better book today than I did three years ago when I wrote Awakening.
But what about Awakening? What do you do with your work that has gone through submissions and failed?