I received the edited copy of my novel Beautiful Midnight from my editor EJ Clarke a couple weeks ago and I was blown away. First off, the Editorial & Theme review was incredible. He summarized (a sentence or two) each scene of each chapter. And then he pointed out sections that were good and others that could be improved. He also noticed a few unfinished subplots and made some suggestions on tidying those up.
Yeah, I was impressed.
And then I went though the line edit of my manuscript and I thought I had a fairly clean copy but he found plenty of typos and grammar errors. And he once again left comments when he read something he really liked, or if something contradicted something else, or if something didn’t quite fit.
EJ provided me with the best feedback I’ve ever received, and although I now have a bit of work to do, I know that if I can follow his suggestions that my novel will be that much better.
And in the end, that’s what my readers deserve.
So, Beautiful Midnight might not be ready as early in 2018 as I’d first planned, but I believe the delay will be worth it.