So I have just received the development edit review back from the editors on my first novel:
Shock and horror, need to learn new skills, (Show don’t tell) which is great as this is my first attempt at writing so its bound to be a constant stream of learning.
Here is extracts of some of their comments:
“The essential premise of Blue Ring Assassins is fantastic, prostitutes undermining the Nazi regime by spying on them. The wartime setting has huge potential and you’ve created a phenomenal cast of characters, established fantastic atmospheric scenes throughout”.
“show don’t tell scenes, your readers need to connect with your characters”
The report is ten pages long and I have some rewriting to do over the next few weeks, but one thing I can’t help constantly thinking about is “isn’t this just one person’s point of view”?
Yes, as a writer we have to go through a process which we all have to pay someone to do at the early stages of developing as a writer but its our story isn’t? The suggestions the editor places in their review is just that, suggestions, a point of view, YES?
Do make changes as per their suggestions or do we stick to our guns as the author and keep our basic story line without their recommended changes?
As a novice to the world of writing it is far to easy to simply follow these experts and then lose the essence of our story, so I have decided to take a step back, for a day or so and then return back to their report and take another look at what they are suggesting.
Telling the story from a different aspect and not keeping with my original basis for the story line.
Removing certain scenes.
Not to be to explicit with violent and sexual scenes.
Just to mention a few, but this book is about WWII Nazi’s, some of the most brutal people in history, there should be violence, just as there should be sexual scenes as we are dealing with prostitutes.
Its all a process with constant hurdles to overcome, several things are certain though, its not easy, its time consuming and its costly.
what are your thoughts on professional editing services?