Even Yoda reminded Luke Skywalker to be Patient
By gsnyder, Sep 2 2012 06:02PM
I’ve been asked many times by aspiring writers about the process I went through to write One Moment in Time. The process from writing the first words to submitting the manuscript to be published took over nine years. Okay, yes I was working full time and teaching at S.F. State while writing, so my timeline may be longer than most. However, the version of One Moment in Time that was published is actually the fourth version.
It took me three years to complete my first draft. Once I did, I read it over a few times and caught many typos and mistakes. Next, I asked eight friends and family to help me edit (they are thanked on the last pages of the book). I couldn’t believe the amounts of edits — grammar, spelling, character and plot issues — they found. It took me about six months to re-write the novel to clean it up to where I thought it was perfect.
I then sought out a professional editor, and after a couple of tries, found Alice Peck. Alice was wonderful to work with, and when I saw her notes on my manuscript, I felt like a complete idiot for the mistakes that I had overlooked after several times reading it over. Alice pointed out things in my writing that I never knew I was doing. I re-wrote the book again and re-submitted it to Alice for a final read. She came back with fewer changes, but still I had some work to do. In the end, I could, not just see, but feel the difference in my writing.
I recently read a post on a social media website from a seventeen year-old writer. He said he just self-published his first novel on Amazon, but after it was published, he found spelling and grammar mistakes. He wanted to know if that was a big issue. Fourteen authors responded to him (myself included), and we all said the same thing, “You only get one chance to win over a reader, so make sure you put your best writing forward.”
The moral of the story for all of you future authors is to take your time. Rushing to market or publication with an inferior product will help you build a reputation, just not one that you would want.