Editing and agents

Going through my list of agents for my first round of sending. If I get a positive response, I’ll post the letter that I’m using (I don’t see a point of posting it if it doesn’t work. Wouldn’t be much help to other authors now, would it?). Difficulty: I’m not just selling a book. I’m selling a series. I’m hopeful that having two books done – and I’m going to be starting the third soon – will help to offset the difficulty of selling a series to an agent.

So far, I haven’t found an agent that wants more than three chapters for submissions, so I’m going through my first three with a fine-toothed comb and cleaning them up. I’ll be doing this the whole way through the book, obviously, though I’ll probably be most carefully with 1, 2, & 3. I’m still planning on hiring an editor for the book, but I’ll may be sending out the first batch of queries before that edit is done. Good practice for myself, anyway. I hate editing, but I need to get better at doing it. Right now, I’m focused on cleaning up the language and flow of sentences – getting rid of unnecessary words and changing passive to active when necessary. Passive has its place, but not overly done.

Language is another thing that I needed to work on. Darius – whom we meet in the opening chapter – has arrived to Paris from London, but in my original draft, lo though I heard the voice in my head, I did not give an indication of what language or dialect he spoke in. In the first chapter, he’s being shadowed by a girl and wonders at her origins – is she native to France, American, a student, etc – so when she speaks, it is kind of important to indicate to the reader what she sounds like – something else that I heard in the first draft but failed to bring out.

And this, my friends, is what editing an revision is for.

That said, good night friends. And good writing.

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