These Things I Know, VII

In the spring, I hired an editor, a real book editor, to read and comment on After We’ve Fallen. For those of you who’ve kept up with me, you know I love that book. You might also remember that I’ve queried agents about the book. I’ve even had several agents ask for the full manuscript. But each of those agents have said no, so I realized that I should hire an editor to let me know what’s wrong with it. (Yes, I realize that I should have hired an editor before I started querying, but hey, this is my first time doing all of this.)

The editor returned the feedback on my book: all 31 pages of it (single-spaced, I tell you). And these are the things I now know.

I was correct in hiring this editor. I haven’t yet perused her critique, but my initial impression is that I got my money’s worth.

Sometimes, you need to invest in yourself. Hiring this editor was an example of that.

I have a lot of work to do. While the editor’s feedback was positive, the point of hiring her was to make the book better. I think I will be working on this revision for months to come.

I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year because I want to put “Revisions of AWF” on the top of my writing to-do list. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but again, I love this book. I believe in this book. I want to see this book published in some capacity.

The thought of revising this book, while slightly overwhelming, isn’t disagreeable to me. What does that mean? (That is something I don’t know.)

When I begin revisions, I will cut back to once a week blogging. But I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Won’t you be so excited when you see a new post then?

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Christina Consolino is a mother, dreamer, author, editor and teacher from Dayton, Ohio. She's a member of the Plot Sisters and teaches Anatomy & Physiology at Sinclair Community College. She writes literary women's fiction, personal essays and more.