Hello Line Edits!

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Hello, my amazing readers! I thought I’d start out with a little treat. Here’s a behind the scenes look at Six Train’s sequel in progress. It’s a screenshot of what the line edits from my editor look like for the first page of Six Train’s sequel.

My amazing editor, Jessica Jernigan, sent me the line edits on April 21. I’m hip deep in them right now working on 50 pages a day.

This page was a pretty easy page to accept all changes after I’d read through them. Other pages, I agonize over a change. 90% of them eventually get accepted. But 10% of the time, I write a comment to follow up for clarification with my editor or to reconsider before making a decision.

There are 4019 insertions, 4133 deletions, 18 moves, 115 formatting, and 106 comments that all need to be reviewed, evaluated, and approved or marked for follow up by me.

This is intense brain work. I tried to do 75 pages in a day and I was fairly certain my mind was melting like the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz.

Phase 2 of line edits is smoothing out the new version and making sure it is polished up for the copyeditor, which means I should be done with line edits in 3-4 weeks.

Copyedits will take a month between me and the copyeditor.

Then the book moves onto internal formatting.

ARCs (advance reader copies) will be available in July on NetGalley (as an ebook) and through giveaways on Goodreads and here on the blog (as a paperback). So please do stop back in June and July to enter those giveaways.






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24 Responses to Hello Line Edits!

  1. I agree…it’s very intense. Good luck, Kourtney!

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Isn’t it funny how we can spend so long chewing over one sentence?

    I kind of enjoy the copy-edit phase. But can you imagine doing this before computers and word processing? Ugh.

    • Or a word choice. 🙂 I have to do it fast like ripping off a bandage. I also read the new version first. If I like it I check for any comments and then approve it. Otherwise I agonize over every approval. OMG. Imagine reading handwritten notes and retyping the entire manuscript!

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        I remember typing my high school and college papers on a typewriter. Ugh. I’m sure I read a sentence and thought, “Eh, it’ll do” because I didn’t want to type it again!

  3. Wow! Editing (and reading edits!) is such gut wrenching work sometimes, but oh the joy of doing it! Bravo Kourtney!

  4. Lori says:

    Wow, I can see why this is brain-numbing. I was so grateful to have my advanced critique group in Florida. A lot of those things were caught by them. However, I just hired an editor for the first time and am expecting the same novel (critiqued by my group) back this week. You’ve got me biting my fingernails now. But, I’m up for the challenge. Good luck. After reading the Six Train, I know this is going to turn out amazing.

    • This was a surprisingly easy page. There are pages that are completely purple. ;P I trust my editor, so I know 90% of the time she is right. When I struggle with a change, I just make a note and come back later. Sometimes, it just takes me a day or two to digest why it has to be changed. Aw, thanks you. I am very excited with where she’s helped me get the book. I’m kind of excited because the story bones are the same, but the muscles and tendons are completely different from my original version. Good luck with your edits. And just remember, it’s all to make the book better. And it’s okay to secretly scream and cry if you need to, whatever helps you process the feedback. 🙂

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Through you I’ve learned about how a book becomes a book. Funny how I majored in English Lit but never once had a class in how those books came to be. Thanks for sharing the details of the process.

    • It’s a crazy process. I had no idea when I started on this adventure years ago. And there are always new things that I am learning. 🙂 Happy to share. It amazes me how much time and effort and people are involved in making a single book.

  6. Ooh exciting, it’s great to get a first glimpse – it must be hard but also exciting to have the release so close 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 It’s weird to have to have the ARCs need to be ready so soon, but the actual release date be late fall. 😉 Let’s just say, I’m getting nervous about all the pieces coming together. I keep clearing my schedule to accomplish major waves of work. 🙂

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    Not my favorite part of writing! 🙂 But a crucial one, nonetheless. I’m looking forward to reading the final version!

    • It’s really hard to have someone rewrite your writing. It takes a lot of patience to go through it and approve the changes. Definitely not been a great week here. But the book is getting better. And that’s the thing that matters. Not my ego and not my hurt feelings. Aw thank you. I think it’s really come a long way. 🙂

  8. I was going to say that the page of line edits looks like a piece of cake! But I can imagine some other pages were tough to get through. Looking forward to reading the sequel!

    • That page was. Trust me, most pages are not like that. Entire scenes are deleted or rewritten. I have to look at every change and approve it or decide why I can’t approve it. Aw thanks. I’m really enjoying seeing this book evolve. I hope my betas will be pleasantly surprised by all the changes. And I really hope readers enjoy it. 🙂

  9. Whew 50 pages a day? That’s a lot and very intense work. Before computers I used to print out, cut, move stuff around, and paste with glue…then retype. UGH ( and I hate those 2 line word processors!) Keep going – end of the pages’ process in sight

    • It’s mind melting. I couldn’t do anything else beside that each day. Just the decision making–weighing each and every change and accepting or rejecting or reaching a compromise. I can only imagine. I love the pasting with glue. Truly inspired. 🙂 Thanks. I have a couple more weeks before it moves to the copyeditor. I’ll get it there.

  10. WOW! This puts into perspective all the hard work that goes on AFTER the book is written.. I admire all the hard work that is going into each of your Books Kourtney.. Xxx

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