Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  Over 200k.  I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished (I save each chapter in a separate word file for better organization/modularity so it’s a huge pain for me to open em all up, wait for the word counts to load up, then tally everything).

Thanks to All Who Bought Echo!  And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, Keith, Alice, Daina, Daniel, Yolanda, Trace, Books4me, Vince, Laurie, and DAE for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!  I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review).  Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em!  (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors.  Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so!  And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review.  If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)

News:  Editing Echo 1 was a horrible slog, and now it’s on to Echo 2.  I don’t anticipate as much trouble with 2, because when I wrote and edited it, I had a much firmer grasp of how to control description than I did with 1.  I think I might be able to argue that editing Echo 1 was harder than actually writing it, as I had to rewire the clunky wording without gutting the thing entirely.  In many cases, I had to cut out large sections or reword an entire paragraph.  I hope that I did the story justice.  My process was to go in-depth—SUPER in-depth—page by page, re-reading and editing each damn page until it read to my satisfaction.  Many a time, I spent a full hour on a single page.  Once that was done, I gave it three “flow” edits.  By that I mean I read Echo 1 like a reader would, letting the words and story filter through my perception at the same speed I use when reading for entertainment.  If anything caught in my brain during the flow edits, I’d fix it.  I don’t think I’ll have to do an in-depth edit on Echo 2; I think it’s strong enough as it is, so I’ll probably stick with the flow editing style.  Echo 1 though…good GOD!  Maybe I’m being a nitpicky artist, but I honestly cannot see how my story was able to be transmitted through the deluge of adverbs and redundant description that I threw in your guys’s faces.  I consider it a minor miracle that it averaged out to a positive rating on Amazon, and I thank you all for bearing with my amateurish styling.  Hopefully the new version will be much more palatable.

Right now the plan is to knock out 1k words a day on Echo 4 and then devote the rest of my time to editing Echo 2.  I find that my spoiled ass misses the days when it was just drafting and editing, and I occasionally have to remind myself that I’m in a very privileged position; I have manuscripts that people seem to enjoy and are ready to be pushed into the paperback pipeline.  I owe it to all you folks who offered much needed encouragement during my early days (and the present days as well) to do my absolute best and provide you with best quality product I can muster!  That being said, it’s back to work!  If you are a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!  🙂

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