Editing Notes:

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My novel, UNHOMED, has percolated in the back of my mind for well over a decade. I finally found the courage to take up pen and put it down on paper. In 2020, I finished, editied it to the best of my ability at the time, handed it off to a professional editor for a line edit–commas are the bane of my existence–and started the process of querying.

I had no success in interesting an agent or a publisher in my work. After swallowing the bitter disappointment, I stood back and took a very critical eye to my efforts. And, yeah, my book was a hot mess.

So, comes late 2021 and I start the rewrite. Great swaths of my novel are as they say in the film industry ‘on the cutting room floor.’ After the rewrite cue the editing. Since June 2022, I have been relearning all that stuff they taught us in fifth grade that we were never going to use again. (Let that be a lesson to you, kids.)

So, here we are in October of 2022. I’ve started querying again. With a much altered, and I hope much more attractive, work. We shall see. But before those woes take over my brain, I thought I would share some of the editing notes I have made as I worked my way through the story.