One of the challenges I am having with my non-fiction book Juggling Life, Kids & You is that I keep on editing it and editing it and editing it. Will I ever be able to stop? I open the file daily now and re-read the last paragraph that I edited the day before, and change it again. Sometimes, I even change a chapter or section heading and each time it feels like I’m almost there, I re-read it and change it again.
Am I just being a perfectionist? I’ve been told that only I will know when it is ready to be handed over for a professional edit. I’ve even tried leaving it for a few weeks, and at one point for a few months, but each time I go back to it the same thing happens.
Is this normal for the first book? Is it just lack of experience? Maybe if I had several books published already, I could hand it over with confidence knowing that I’ve done enough. On a positive note – at least I haven’t given up with it.
Those who’ve been there
I decided to have a look around at what other bloggers do, and not surprisingly found quite a few posts on the subject. I’m glad I’m not alone. Here are a few good ones that I have found. If you have any other tips please let me know.
- Some Tips on Editing a Book (keithdubarry.com)
- Ediiting… Editang… Editing (darkgeisha.wordpress.com)
- A Lesson in Editing (yourbeautifulwords.com)
- Improving the Reader’s Experience: Editing Lesson Two (yourbeautifulwords.com)
- Michael’s Handy Guide to Editing Your First Draft. (authormichaelburns.wordpress.com)