Edit 9 is complete! I do think I want to do Edit 10 before seeking beta readers, as I need to reorganize a few scenes for pacing purposes. I will be pulling scenes one by one from Scrivener into Word. Scrivener was nice for doing scene work and organization, but doesn't have a lot of the editing and formatting options I like in Word. I'm a bit mixed on how I feel about the Scrivener program overall. It does a few tasks very well, but omits others. Or perhaps I don't know how to use it well enough yet.
Regardless, I feel like I am almost there! Still a few scenes that will need adjustment for tone and feeling. There are some more complex ideas here than in Elf Mastery and I want to make sure they are clearly and emotionally expressed.
Have a Happy Easter!
Edit 9 is going much more quickly than 8, and I hope to be done by the end of the week. I do need to write a scene or two, and reorganize a few things, and then should be ready for beta reading. I don't know that I'm going to do as extensive a beta read or marketing campaign as I did with Elf Mastery, as this book (Elf Doubt) is something of a launch toward Book 3 (Elf Righteous) and it seems odd to push it on its own. Will probably have 3-4 beta readers look it over and then make adjustments before I do edits 10 and 11.
Holy shnot that took longer than I expected. Edit 8, which I expect (and hope) to be the most extensive edit, is over.
But the editing is not yet complete. Edit 9 will involve me going through each character's arcs and making sure they are coherent. A couple likely need scenes added. Some will be deleted.
Edit 10 will be my sensory edit. This means I will look at sensory details and descriptions and make sure they are 1) short and 2) engaging. I try to use minimal description to maximum effect. Please note that this doesn't mean I'm good at it.
Edit 11 will be an emotion edit. Are characters behaving in ways that appropriate to both their situation and their character?
After that I should finally be ready for proofing (getting the book printed with the cover, and check for more mundane mechanical errors).
Bryant Reil currently resides in Kelowna, BC. Recent accomplishments include completing a Master's degree, and having finished two books, Elf Mastery and Elf Doubt. The third book, Elf Righteous, is underway.