I’ve been weeding in the garden and see the parallels to line editing with the endless repetitive effort. Editing requires finding, checking, rewording or not, reevaluating my understanding of the placement of conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs, and punctuation. One difficult task is finding the incorrect use of a word which is however spelled correctly. Sometimes my brain must dig deeply. The problem is I must do this editing twice and still feel I missed some things. Such a feeling of inadequacy do I experience when I send the book for publishing. Weeding is endless and some weeds have developed a base of roots embedded into some good plants and I must figure out how to excise them. Difficult!.
Today I sent book number seven to two editors: one for police procedural potential problems and one for general review of plot and character development. I re-edited book number three for the new publisher. It’s the same book with minor corrections. Doesn’t matter how minor the corrections, the process still requires re-reading the complete MCU Captain Beauregard Mystery. I remind myself I chose this field. Can’t complain. Look for my seventh mystery in August, “Beryl Kent and The Bleeding Man”
K. B. Pellegrino, Author