Editing, editing, editing...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Editing can be a queasy process. I can already tell that the editor who's been assigned to Felix is excellent: measured and often quite bold suggestions from someone who clearly knows what they're doing. Naturally, being a musician, I'm comparing it to the comments of a record producer - "Why don't you do it like this?" "Have you ever thought of changing the key?" "Does it have to have a guitar on it?" - and so forth. Even if the suggestion is ultimately decided against, it helps you think about your work in a totally different way.

Nonetheless: queasy. Messing with a structure (even of a single paragraph, sometimes sentence) that you yourself previously thought was perfect is a bit like pulling out the lower bricks in a game of Jenga. I can't deny that, at first, it actually makes me slightly nauseous. I'm over that stage now. Now I'm confident that with this experienced editor's comments, and with the previous observations of a few firm friends, the book is going to be even better. It'll take a while. But it's happening...

The other thing that forever strikes me during this process is: none of it would be happening without your support. I've said it before, but thank you, and thank you again, for funding this project.

Supporting the book is still open, by the way, so if you've any friends who haven't gone for it yet, but you think they might like to, here's the link...

Have a great last few days of summer...

T

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