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Friday, January 27, 2006

       The Importance of Good Beta Readers and Ruthless Editing

Right now I'm working on edits for Giving Chase, a contemporary erotic romance that I'd like to send to Samhain when I finish. So I wrote it and edited it and sent it to my beta readers and realized that the pacing was off at the beginning.

Now, this book is sweeter than my usual stuff although there is something dark in the storyline. I did realize though, through talking with Tracy (beta reader extraordinaire) that I needed to extract some major stuff about a character who while important, wasn't as important as the other people in the book. That character overshadowed the beginning of the book.

So I cut. Man, I was ruthless. I used to whittle. Just a smidge here and there. I'd be so in love with some dialog or a scene that I hated to lose it and I'd lose sight of the big picture, the novel as a whole.

But now I'll just hack it up, LOL. And I have. I've cut about eight thousand words (yeah, it was long too). And I'm nearly done and the book is way better for it. I do miss one scene in particular, but I'll use it someday in something else.

So I'm going to do a big push this weekend to finish up and get it ready to get out the door. And then back to Tri Mates, which should be finished by the end of January - yes, that's how close I am.

So things are cooking after stagnating for a few days with my husband away and my kids sick.


  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Charlene Teglia said…

    Go Lauren! Hack and slash! I hacked the bejeesus out of chapters 4-14 of The Gripping Beast, gutted and rewrote, and I'm glad I did. You gotta do what you gotta do for the book.

    I also tend to save cut scenes for possible future use elsewhere. ; )

  • At 7:25 PM, Blogger Robin49 said…

    I'm sure by the time we get to see it that it will be awesome as always!!

  • At 10:55 PM, Blogger Millenia Black said…

    Good for you, Lauren! Snip, snip. Hope the kids are feeling better now!

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger Charlene Teglia said…

    Ooooolala, the new look is stunning! Love it!

  • At 9:33 AM, Blogger Lauren Dane said…

    Thank you, Charli! I love the look, too.

    And Millenia thanks, the little one is still suffering but slept better last night (thank goodness!)

    And Robin, you're so sweet. Thanks! I hope you're right.


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