Swoon Author Kiara London's Editing Update: Worth the WorkKiara London
So, this is kind of embarrassing to admit.
Something I found out after receiving my revision notes for Kiss Cam: editing is work.
I had romanticized the entire process thinking that I was just handing over my manuscript and that Swoon would do all the hard work for me. I would just have to approve of some changes, rewrite a scene or two, and ta-da it would be perfect. So, you can imagine my face when I got, like, ten pages of revision notes back.
I had been wrong. So wrong.
That’s right, Kiara, the manuscript is only going to be perfect if you make it perfect. Duh.
I don’t know why I ever thought that editing would require minimum work from me. I had read blog posts from Swoon authors before me and I had edited papers in school… yet, there I was, stunned by how much work needed to be done.
Naïve. So naïve.
Now, there are writers out there that will say, “I love the editing process. It’s so much easier than writing the book. It’s my favorite part.”
For the record, I am not one of those writers.
I’ll admit, as I was editing my book—readjusting the time frame and chapters according to the suggestions, refiguring scenes, and spending hours going back and forth through my book to make sure everything was still making sense as I was changing things—I hated my book.
And, real talk: I was tired of looking at it.
As I was working through it, I wasn’t sure if everything was making sense, I was questioning my characters, and I started to wonder if my book was any good at all.
Thank god for Holly West, who sprinkled positive things about my book throughout the revision notes. She basically saved my sanity. Those revision notes and the phone call we had with Lauren and Emily at the start of the editing process really helped to make the whole thing less overwhelming.
Nevertheless, I was my own worst enemy.
It wasn’t until after I was done editing Kiss Cam and I skimmed through my book that I decided that—hey, I like this! This is exactly what I had envisioned in the first place!
I don’t think I would have the same feeling about it if I hadn’t put all that work into it myself. When I think about my romanticized version of editing—the version where I barely touch my manuscript—it doesn’t sit well with me. Doing it myself—with Swoon’s help, of course (honestly, where would I be without Holly West!?), is so much more gratifying.
It’s mine. I did this and I love it.
And, although I much prefer writing the book to editing the book, I’ve got to say the result is well worth the frustration. And, hey, I would definitely do it again. I know what I’m getting myself into, this time (awkward chuckle).
There’s plenty of surprises in the new version of Kiss Cam that I am excited about. I love that there’s more of Lenny. I love that there’s a new and improved Kiss Cam scene. I love that June is less frustrating, and Allison is more loveable. I love that it’s fun and lighthearted while also stabbing at your feels.
I just love Kiss Cam, and I hope you guys do too.