View from the Naples Grande hotel.
View from the Naples Grande hotel.

Writing my first novel required me venturing into unfamiliar territory. Working with editors was an entirely different ballgame in itself, and I still continue to embrace every aspect of getting my novel into print with a positive mindset. All of the steps were firsts for me and I wanted to learn as much as possible to shape me as an author since I plan to be in this for the long haul. I’ve learned a great deal of valuable information from both of my editors during this process and am thankful they were both on board to work on my book.

My first stage of editing was with my developmental editor. I wanted to be open to my developmental editor’s suggestions given that she had numerous years of expertise invested in the field. I felt she had to know more than me when it came to point of view, dialogue, and information dumps. I thought I did a pretty good job of standing my ground on story lines I wouldn’t change and those I would be open to cutting or developing differently. At the end of my first edit, there was a sense of magic I felt in the development of my characters and locations throughout the book. I loved the dialogue that came to be and the story lines and characters I created to round out my story. I felt I left the developmental stage with success, except for a tiny but very apparent thought in the back of my head that got me thinking there was one storyline I reworked that I didn’t want to change but was strongly recommended by my editor. I kept ignoring my feelings instead telling myself it would all work out in the end and this was the way to go.

Fast forward to the end of my copyedit, the second stage of editing, this past March when I was reading my manuscript one last time before it moved to the proofreading stage. When it reaches this point essentially changes can no longer be made. It hit me so strongly about that one particular storyline I changed during the developmental edit- I felt it wasn’t me and wasn’t written from the heart as it was in my first draft. I knew I needed to go back and rework the manuscript getting it to a place where I was in love with my story one hundred percent.

My book team at Girl Friday Productions was very supportive in helping me to arrange my schedule to accommodate my requests and changes. This was made possible in that I’m self-publishing my book and I’m in control of my entire book launch since I’m supporting myself and currently not working with a publishing house.

Low and behold the new launch date for Unexpected Love is Fall 2016 and I feel great about it. I no longer have that voice questioning “What if?” and I took control and decided what was best for me and my book. It just feels right.