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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The First Round--of Edits, That Is

No, I wasn't talking about the first round of alcohol, though we may have a virtual round later. What I'm referring to is first round edits.

Last night, I received mine for Through the Rabbit Hole and am happy to say they're aren't as scary as I thought they might be. Sure, I have to fix an odd turn of phrase occasionally and add or subtract a word or comma every few pages. But these are all easy fixes that make my heart jump for joy. No major overhauls required--phew!

I know, who likes to see their manuscript (MS) marked up in red? Probably no one, but as long as the suggestions/revisions are on the mark, they serve the author well. And my edits from Astraea Press were right on, down to the last dot. For those of you familiar with critiques, edits aren't that much different. In fact, I think if your MS has been through serious critiquing, the edits will be a lot less painful.

What I love about Astraea is if I don't agree with an edit, I'm encouraged to give my reason(s) why. Now, I don't think I will need to do this, because I agree with all the edits thus far. But isn't it nice to know that as authors, we still have quite a bit of input over our work?

Now how about that cyber round?


Martha Ramirez said...


jennajaxon said...

Hey, Lisa. Congrats on having a first edits round. :) How long does it take to get those back from the publisher? I'm sure its a case by case, publisher by publisher basis, but you've had experience with a couple of publishers now. What's your take on it? And it's nice to hear that they want your input as well. Awesome!

Kary said...

I am so proud of you! Well done. Your writing is so tight I am not surprised. I still want to be yu when I grow up! Hugs!

Lisa Kumar said...


Kary--hugs right back to you! While I didn't crit your fractured fairy tale story, I did take a look at it. Your writing looked tight! Your hero is unique!

Jenna--thanks! Once I sent in the pre-edits to Astraea, I received the first round edits in under a month.

Books to Go Now was just one round of edits--no pre-edits. I think I received those in about a month after signing the contract.

Kary said...

Chio is "unique". Thanks for the compliment on my writing. As offensive as the story is I was stil pretty proud of it.

D'Ann said...

Very impressive!

Lisa Kumar said...

Thanks, D'Ann! Your news was even more impressive, though!