Editing is not unlike doing hula hoop with a giant truck tire. smelly, extremely challenging and when you get it right–worth all the bruises and trouble.
One of my potential mentors from #pitchwars was Tamara Mataya, otherwise known as @FeakySnucker on Twitter. She didn’t take me on but did send along a detailed critique for my story, The Excursionist.
Most of her criticism was pointed at the short chapters and ahem, shameless back story that I had tossed into the first couple of pages. I’ve spent the past two weeks crunching through the mess and rewriting. I’ve chopped several chapters, lost the “fat” and have a leaner, meaner product.
Headed to the library to read up on books that potential agents have shepherded through to publication next.