Freedom in Edits

It used to be terrifying, to get the draft of my book (my brain-child, really) back from my editor, Catherine.

Would her changes stay true to the story?

What if I don’t like what she suggests?

If she makes changes, is the book mine anymore?

(Hint: there are easy answers here.)

Yes, her changes always stay true to the story. Sometimes I feel like she knows my characters better than I do.

If I don’t like what she suggests, I don’t make that change. (But, usually I accept all of her edits because she’s brilliant.)

The book is still mine, of course, but the more people that see it and have a hand in its production, the better it becomes. Writing isn’t as solitary a pursuit as it might seem.

Here’s the first page when I got it back from my editor.

Now that Catherine has worked on all of my books with me, since the beginning, I trust her implicitly.

And FREEDOM needed her help.

Trust me, this book is a labor of love (emphasis on the labor).

Click here to watch me talk through the line editing process.

It was so much fun to quickly overview what it’s like to go through these line edits – a book is never perfect, but I’ve got an amazing team that helps me clean it up as much as possible so my readers can delve into the magic and not get distracted by silly errors.

If you want more behind the scenes of FREEDOM, check out this post from last week: Freedom in Production.

If you have any questions, shoot me an email or leave a comment down below!

  • Betsy Pritts Ickes
    Posted at 09:09h, 08 June Reply

    Katie, enjoyed this article on editing . As much as you hate cutting some of your favorite sentences (or pages), it’s so important to have the right person to edit for you.

    Question, do you do all of your own marketing, or do you have someone who helps with it? If you do it yourself, you are very good at it!

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 10:05h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks, Betsy! I’m so happy to hear that. I have a team that helps me schedule and coordinate the machinations of marketing, while I do about 90% of the content creation and ideation. They help me push it out and make it beautiful for me! I’ve structured my company to free me up to write as much as possible 🙂

    Posted at 09:10h, 08 June Reply

    Sounds more like “Editor n Chief” with a big heap of don’t you dare mess with my friend, that’s my job. Hugs to all. Larry

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 10:04h, 08 June Reply

      Ha ha! I love this, Larry 🙂

  • Karen J. Cunnien
    Posted at 09:30h, 08 June Reply

    As an amateur editor…who edits for independent authors…this gives my heart so much joy! I do this for my authors. Sometimes it makes me feel like I’m destroying their art. They never say that…but I can’t get away from the feeling that it must hurt…
    And your editor does great work. 🙂 I’ve read everything of yours I can get my hands on, and there have only been a handful of errors…just KEEP WRITING…you’re amazing!

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 10:04h, 08 June Reply

      You are so appreciated! I LOVE a good round of editing, but it did take me awhile to be okay with it and realize that it improves my book, not harms it!

  • Cid Blase
    Posted at 12:04h, 08 June Reply

    I have held a story in my heart for many years. After starting to read your series I signed on for a class that is much like having an editor, coach, cheerleader, and bully. I am loving it! Thank you for your inspiration.

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 12:33h, 08 June Reply

      You are so welcome! I’m amazed and honored. Way to courageously step into that. It’s such a fun world in books 🙂 Do keep me updated!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 08:28h, 09 June Reply

    I have only just become a fan. When I got the email about editing I jumped at reading it. I am beta reading a book for my friend. Her book is over 600 pages long (WAY too long for a first time author). I’m trying to kindly help her and tell her to cut stuff out. Is there a better way that won’t hurt her feelings??

    • Katie Cross
      Posted at 10:28h, 11 June Reply

      Hey Nicole! So good to “meet” you, and love seeing your here. When it comes to authors and cutting stuff, I think kind honesty is always the way to go. Telling them parts where you started skipping or were bored is really helpful—then they know exactly where your reaction was that way. You can be honest without being mean, but I’m always a believer that being straight about it, without trying to soften everything to the point it just gets confusing, is the best path. Hopefully that makes sense!

  • Roseanna
    Posted at 15:05h, 16 October Reply

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Spending some time and actual effort
    to create a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t
    manage to get nearly anything done.

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