Saturday, November 29, 2014

Editing Calendar

I thought about rereading Revising and Self-Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell, but then I realized I already made a revision check list from last year's NaNoWriMo. So I took those points and moved then around to create an 8 month revision plan. It might seem a bit long, but it was a NaNo novel and those are creatures that need many, many revisions.  So here is my time line.

Dec 1 ~7
Fix minor issues
·         No more red/green lines
·         Location changes
·         Characters realizing things are wrong
·         Write positive review

Dec 8~15
Print out story in different font
·         Read once with no markings
·         Read again and mark it up
·         Double check that events  follow the Scene & Sequel correctly
·         Describe any changes are needed and how to change
·         Rank the worst scenes, throw out the #1 rank and work the others in order from worst to greatest.

Dec 16~Jan 18
Draft 2 using all the changes you noted rewrite story

Jan 19~29
Reprint story in different font
·         Make a list of ‘set ups’ with page number and list ‘pay off’ with page number.
        Ex: talk about a pool table, and then use it in a later scene
·         Are minor characters interesting? Make them unique and add to the drama of story
·         Gather all opening paragraphs. Are they varied? If not change.
·         Gather all ending paragraphs. Do they make you want to read more?
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change


Jan 30 ~ March 1
Draft 3 Make changes that you noted from previews
Hand out to beta readers for their comments. Give beta readers a deadline

March 2 ~ 18
Reprint story in different font
·         Cut out character thoughts, instead show how they feel.
·         Describe one thing in the room, not the whole room (Bell)
·         Describe each main character without saying what they look like or what they do.  Can’t then they are flat and need fixing.  (Star Wars)
·         Make/print out calendar for the story. Check dates.
·         Check with beta reader’s comments
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change

March 19 ~ April 20
Draft 4 Make changes that you noted from previews
Hand out to beta readers for their comments. Give beta readers a deadline

April 21~ 30
Take a break. Work on something else

May 1~ 22
Print story in different font
·         Are minor characters interesting? Make them unique and add to the drama of story
·         List the themes. Do the threads carry throughout the story?
·         Check that each chapter flows onto the next in a logical order
·         Skip around in the book. Does every part feel like it’s written by the same person?
·         Choose words carefully, take some out/put some in?
·         Describe any changes that are needed and how to change

May 23~ June 15
Draft 5
Make changes that you noted from previous

June 16 ~ July 1
Sent draft to get line edited
Work on
·         query letter
·         synopsis
·         elevator pitch

July 2 ~24
Sent query letter and synopsis to editor
Fix things editor suggested
Practice query letter/pitch out loud

July 24~26

DFW writers con