Working with an Editor, Part 2

Last time I blogged, I had just submitted the manuscript of my third Regency to my editor and I was wondering how many, and how onerous, the ‘tweaks’ might prove to be. As it happened, I needn’t have worried as I’m pleased to say no major changes were required, just the fairly customary request to bring more emotional depth to the story. When I read my editor’s comments I was actually pleased to realise that she had picked up on a few aspects of the story that I knew, subconsciously, had become rather lost in the action.

With a series romance for a publisher like Mills & Boon, the story is driven much more by the inner conflicts of the hero and the heroine than by any external plot. I tend to do a lot of work on the back stories of my characters before I ever start to write so I know there is enough emotional depth to sustain the story. I also learn how they are likely to react in different situations – although they do sometimes surprise me! The problem is, I decide on something in, say, the heroine’s past that will stand in the way of her ‘Happy Ever After’ with the hero, but I then fail to make that ‘barrier’ seem important enough to her. So a gentle reminder from my editor that this is a strong part of her emotional conflict then prompts me to bring it to the fore.

Fortunately, my editor approved my revisions and the manuscript has already been line edited and is now with the copy editor. The last time I see it will be for the Author Alterations (AAs), when I will read it through carefully and make any final changes. It is expected at this stage that any changes are minor, and I treat this as a final proof read before finalisation.

The book has been retitled Return of Scandal’s Son, and it will be published in October 2015, meaning I’ll have two books published this year, which is great. I’m hoping that, with the change of title, there will be a hunky hero on the cover! I can’t wait to see who they choose!

Meanwhile, the publication date for From Wallflower to Countess is drawing ever closer, and I have a deadline of July 1st for book 4 – not only, as yet, untitled but also (apart from 3000 or so words) unwritten.

Yikes! I’d better get writing!

 

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About Janice Preston

I write emotional, sensual and satisfying Regency romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon
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6 Responses to Working with an Editor, Part 2

  1. As an unpublished author I found your information about the editing process really interesting. It must be heartening to realise you had largely got your book right first time and you only have a few tweaks to do before it goes out into the wide, wide world. And congratulations on getting two books published in one year. It must have taken a lot of dedication as well as inspiration. Having really enjoyed ‘Mary and the Marquis’, I’m looking forward to reading ‘From Wallflower to Countess’.

    • Thank you, Lynn. The publisher’s processes are slowly making sense to me now. With my first I had no idea what happened and in what order. The pieces of the jigsaw are slowly slotting into place now!

  2. Wow! Four novels – congratulations on well-deserved success Janice!

    • Thank you, Sally, though I think it’s stretching it calling it four novels, as my fourth is currently shambling around inside my brain waiting for me to pay it some attention! But it’ll be interesting to see how the process goes as my third one was a rewrite of an earlier Regency. This time, it’s completely new. That’s a bit scary!

  3. carolcork says:

    As a reader, it is interesting to read about your writing process, Janice.

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