Monday, June 3, 2013

In Love with Editing, Except When I Hate It

Kai Strand
by Kai Strand, Guest Blogger

Pen and Ink is delighted to welcome Guest blogger Kai Strand as part of her blog tour for her new book. Beware of the White

Slouching in front of the computer, you run a hand through your hair and stare blankly at your novel.

You’ve revised it numerous times. Critiquers have dissected it until you had to blink back tears and step away from the screen. You’ve read it aloud. You even read it backward. This book is ready!

Blowing a kiss and a muttering a plea, you hit the enter button and send your submission. THREE days later you get an acceptance. Yes, this happened to me. After nine years of working on my novel, the last submission (of many) was the charm. I explained the inspiration behind the book on Mayra Calvani’s blog and talked about my love/hate relationship during the journey to publication on Nancy Stewart’s blog and how when I hit the send button I was in love with the story.

As you can imagine, getting an acceptance kept me in love with my book. FINALLY people saw what I’ve always seen about this story. And imagine how crazy it was to receive an introduction email from my content editor two weeks later. I was thrilled to be working with a company that moved so fast. Except, then I got the first editorial letter one week later.

Before I submitted I had majorly overhauled the book and then went through it again with a fine-tooth comb. So that means I’d just finished two complete passes of the book and was asked to do a major edit three weeks later. I’d been expecting months to pass before I had to go into the book again. Guess how I felt about the book then? Right – I was a hater.

But the questions my editor asked in that first pass really inspired me to dig deep. I thought I’d already done that! Yet she asked for more compelling character motivations and more distinct descriptions. She pointed out where I still need more varied sentence structure or less passive voice (Jeez, I thought I’d caught all of that!) She appreciated my use of metaphor to the point where she asked me to tone it down a bit.

I used every moment of the time she’d given me to do that first round of edits. Seriously. My husband shopped, cooked and ran the kids around. I just sat and edited and edited and edited. Even then I was rather worried that I didn’t have a chance to do a read through before I returned it to her. I felt good about the work I’d done, though, and was cautiously in love with my book again. But I’d made some pretty big changes, so I was a bit worried I would receive an email that said, “Whoa! Slow down there cowboy.” Or something.

But I didn’t. As a matter of fact she was just as happy with the changes as I was and the next couple rounds of edits were basically mopping up sessions. I loved working with Katie Carroll on the content edits of Beware of the White. It is so good for your book when you and your editor ‘click.’

After my final read-through before publication…I was IN LOVE! Thank you to MuseItUp for such a great publication experience.

I hope you’ll be IN LOVE too! I’m celebrating the launch of BEWARE OF THE WHITE with a blog tour and an epic prize package giveaway. GFC followers of the Pen & Ink blog even get an easy entry in the big giveaway.

Tour Schedule and Prize Packages Giveaway can be found HERE: http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/2013/05/launch-of-beware-of-white-by-kai-strand.html

But wait! There’s more!!!!! SPONTANEOUS GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GFC followers of the Pen & Ink blog get double bonus! I’m giving away one ecopy of BEWARE OF THE WHITE to a lucky reader. But this is a fast and furious giveaway, so be quick about your entries. Enter below and then hop over to my blog to enter that giveaway of book related prizes.

About the book

As is tradition, Terra learns on the Saturday past her twelfth birthday that she is a Natures Spirit. It is her legacy to serve in the peaceful underground city of Concord. Learning she is named in a prophecy and being threatened by the leader of the death tribe…that part breaks tradition.

The Trepidus are the death janitors of the Underworld, responsible for delivering fatalities with a smile and cleaning up after themselves until Blanco, recent leader of the Trepidus, decides the day of reckoning for his species is coming. He begins organizing the creatures and leads them toward an uprising. The prophecy says there is one person who can stop him. Terra.

With Spirit of Security, Frank, protecting her, Terra attempts to complete her training and discover her Spirit talents. Together, they go on a rogue investigation to learn how to defeat Blanco. In the end, it comes down to a battle of the minds. The future of Concord is at stake. Will Blanco, the older, more experienced being win? Or will Terra, the young, new Spirit earn back the peace of the city?

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About the author

Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC eBook Awards. She is a (very lucky) wife and the mother of four amazing kids. The most common sound in her household is laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" She and her family hike, geocache, and canoe in beautiful Central Oregon, where they call home.

To find out more about Kai’s books, download companion documents, find links to her published short stories and discover all the places to find Kai both virtually and in person, visit her website: www.kaistrand.com. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to send her an email or visit her facebook page, Kai Strand, Author.


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30 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today! You guys are so awesome to let me yammer about my book and offer a giveaway. Thanks for being a part of my tour!

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  2. I loved working on Beware of the White with Kai. I'm so pleased she fell back in love with the book while editing. I hope many readers fall in love with it too!

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    1. Sounds like an intriguing story line, Kai. Good luck with the sales.

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    2. Hope we can work together again, Katie. Though I have to write something for that to happen ;)

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  3. Thanks you so much for the post, Kai. I too have a love/hate relationship with editing.

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    1. I'm envious of writers who love it.

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  4. I love the choice of names for characters and their meanings in the book. I've enjoyed your writing before, so this is probably an excellent book.

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  5. Hi Susan and Kai, I enjoyed BOTW, too. I reviewed it and especially enjoyed the multi-level, multi-cultural, and colorful new fantasy world. Wishing you much success.

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    1. I really value your support, Penelope. Thanks so much.

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  6. Congrats to Kai. You're inspiring the rest of us to keep on with our edits. Good luck with your book.

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  7. Hi Kai. I always love getting an inside look at how the process looks before and after getting the acceptance letter. Thanks for guest posting and hosting this awesome book giveaway.

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    1. Glad you could stop by, KKahrs. Good luck with the giveaway. Be sure to check out the big one on my blog, too!

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  8. Congrats on your newest release, Kai! Editing can be an excruciating process, but looks like there was a light at the end of the tunnel for you! Cheers!

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    1. And I'm thankful it wasn't another train ;) Thanks for stopping in, Sharon.

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  9. Susan & Kai,

    Thanks for the opportunity to read this great post. Next time I do edits, I will remember your post.

    Nicole Weaver
    Award-Wining Author
    http://nicole-weaver.com

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    1. You're so welcome, Nicole. I appreciate you stopping in.

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  10. I'm practicing my "I'm a Bad Mofo!" dance for that wonderful day when I get an manuscript acceptance letter from somebody.
    Sincerely,
    Mildly Mischievous MoFo

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    1. Ha ha! Please be sure to put that up on You Tube!

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  12. What a powerful and heartfelt post, Kai. I enjoyed reading every word of it. You've described the frustration and magic of being an author perfectly. Kudos in spades to you!

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    1. Thanks, Nancy. And thanks for stopping in!

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  13. Congratulations to Julie Grasso for winning the ecopy of Beware of the White! Nice to be able to award a prize to an Aussie for a change!

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    1. Thank you, Kai, for the giveaway and for being our guest blogger. We wish you wonderful sales and a never ending flow of creative ideas.
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