Okay! Pieces are falling into place. I can see a light at the end of this long editing tunnel. Hopefully it's not a train.
What I mean to say is, I'm done (for the moment) with rewrites! That means I can focus on just editing, cutting words, and making sure things sync up. This goes MUCH faster than rewrites. It may take me a day or two to rewrite a new scene, figuring out where I need it go, what has to change, and coming up with everything without a clear outline like the first draft had. Edits on the other hand, fly by in comparison. I'm zooming through two to three chapters a night, which means I should be done in the near future! Woot!
So what does that mean? Well, it means I need to start putting together my newest beta reader pool. I have a few, but I most certainly could use more.
If, by chance, you are interested in reading through The Paladin before it's published and giving your feedback on it, just hit me up. Contact information HERE including a form specifically for beta readers.
Once I get through another round of betas and critiques, if I'm satisfied, it'll be a final edit before I have to make a big decision. Pay for freelance editing or submit to an agent right away. Freelance editors are going to cost me a pretty penny, but they'll help make sure I impress agents. If, however, I submit to an agent and they like it, I'll get editing for free, anyway. Do I take the risk? If I had the spare cash, it wouldn't be an issue, but money is not exactly flowing like water these days.
On a related note, I'm still looking for input on my opening chapter and would love to hear some feedback from you guys on which version is better. If you'd be so kind, click on THIS to read the original Chapter One, and THIS to see the new version. You'll notice some drastic difference. The pacing is much quicker in the new version and jumps us right into the action.
I'm eager to hear from anyone out there, so make sure to hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, or right here in the comment section.
Be Excellent To Each Other
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