Edits are in for Secrets and Lies, book 2 of my Cassie Scot series. I know, I know…you’re all still waiting on #1. Well, just know that #2 won’t be far behind.
I got a new editor for this book, and I’m quite pleased about it. She’s found a number of issues, one significant, most minor, that I’m glad I didn’t overlook. I don’t think there are any issues with the first book, but I find myself liking the activist editor approach.
For those of you who don’t know how the editorial process works, I do get the final word on ALL changes. I don’t know if this is true for other publishers, but it is at Twilight Times. Even if my editor finds that I used there in place of their or used a comma in place of a period, I can keep it that way. I wouldn’t… but when I get her suggestions, I go through them one at a time, making each change to my original manuscript if I choose to accept it. Sometimes, I see the need for change, but take a different approach than the one suggested.
This is a careful, painstaking process. The final draft I send my editor will become the advanced copies for reviewers, and it is less likely after this point that mistakes can be corrected. Small changes can be made if I happen to spot them, but in truth this will be my last time to tiptoe through each word to make sure it is the one I want to use.