August – Vision Writer’s Retreat and Edits

Good news everyone. I have finished my paper edits for The Blessed Cursed. And it only took me three months and almost all of the ink in my pen.

I’m very happy with the manuscript and can’t wait to get it to Beta Readers. A Beta Reader is someone who reads the book before it’s released and gives feedback on how they think it could be improved. If you would like to be a Beta Reader for The Blessed Cursed or would just like more information, please shoot me a quick message here. Many Thanks.

Earlier in August I attended the Vision Writer’s Retreat in Maleny. It was utterly fantastic and a great getaway complete with cheese, fudge and writing. The featured picture above was the view from my room.

My new business cards also arrived. What a busy month.

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Edit, Review, Re-write and Repeat

Greetings!

Well it looks like this year is going to fly by even quicker than 2016. I cannot believe that it’s almost June. That’s half way through the year! Wasn’t it just Christmas last week?

I’ve done it. The latest round of editing, reviews and re-writing for The Blessed Cursed are complete. I typed the last words in on Sunday and boy did they feel good. And now the bad news. I want to edit it again. The whole thing. All 175,000 words. I’m sorry.

Since I started this last round of editing, I read Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King. And it was fantastic. So much so, I’m actually excited to put their advice into practise with my own manuscript, and for those of you who don’t know me well, it takes a lot to get me excited about editing. But they managed it with great straight forward advice about how to edit your manuscript until it’s the most polished and strongest it can be. And if I’m going to interest the Literary Agent I’ve my heart set on, then the manuscript really needs to be top of its game.

So my plan is to bullet point the main lessons from Self Editing and make a list. Then I will print off every chapter and go through and check each bullet point against each chapter.

I can’t give you a time estimate as to how long it will take. It depends on the extend of my editing. It may take a month or a year but I will be working hard the entire time to get it finished.

Once done, it’ll be sent off to some Beta Readers for their opinion. If you would like to be a Beta Reader for The Blessed Cursed, please contact me here.

Till next time,
Ashleigh

Featured Image: The beautiful flowers my parents sent me for my Birthday earlier in May. Love them (both the flowers and my parents).