A while back I talked about having got my feedback from Beta readers. I wanted to write an update to share my progress. It can be demoralising to realise that the first and second (and third…) drafts aren’t the finished article. But it is worth it to get a better book at the end.
At least, that’s what I tell myself!
Since my last post I’ve written a new draft of Grand Theft Hero which is so full of new material (about 70-80%) that it feels more like a first draft*.
I then asked** Em to have a look over it which she kindly did and gave me some developmental edits, which were mainly adding to and fleshing out rather than changing anything.
And, happy days, I’ve now added those new scenes in and the fourth draft is complete!
There’s still more to do. I’m going to let it sit for a little while, then give it another line edit. Because it’s so different I’ll then have to send it out to a new batch of betas but hopefully this time there’ll be less drastic work afterwards. I think I’m getting much closer to a finished product now.
On a happier note, one of my betas and oldest friends (and the closest thing to a real live Paladin that I’ve ever had the joy to meet) got me the coolest memory stick***. The fourth draft is now happily backed up on it, along with my other manuscripts.
On another happier note I’ve started Grand Theft Hero 2! Early days yet but I’m enjoying myself.
*Minus that 'new project' glow.
***Because he saw it and thought of me. 😀