Edits. Edits. (Oh, and a photo of hair)

It’s been a busy couple of weeks working on final edits for Water Under The Bridge. I’m very lucky to be working with Julie Wicks and Laurie Ormond of Harlequin. Laurie has been with me for a while, working on both Fairway To Heaven and The Vineyard In The Hills.

It is amazing the input that a solid edit gives to a story. A good editor asks the hard questions – even if sometimes as the writer you don’t want to hear them.

I generally work to the rule that the editor is always right, just like a beta reader is always right. If something pulls them out of the story they need to say so, not ignore it.

Thanks to Julie and Laurie, my lovely heroine, Ella, is a much more rounded character. Boy, digging into some of Ella’s history made for very draining, emotional times. She’s had a lot of crap to get through, and by the end of the edits writing her put me through that same emotional wringer!

What I like to do when I’m almost finished my edits is send the story to my Kindle, and read the book like a reader would. That way I have a better sense of how the story flows. I can see when things get slow and the action needs a kick-start, and see when I need to add more detail.

I came across this line from Water Under The Bridge which I’d love to share with you.


Pre-orders are now live on all ebook sites. Check here for a link to your fave.
Print copies coming late February 2018.

7 thoughts on “Edits. Edits. (Oh, and a photo of hair)”

  1. Far out, Lily, it’s now a February release! I love the quote, too, and your attitude to editors and beta readers. I agree with you—I always pay attention, too.
    Your book is going to be so good—roll on February!

    1. My kindle is pretty old now – there are probably better ways to do it but what I do is bookmark the page on kindle if something didn’t work for me. I end up with a lot of bookmarks, but I find usually when I’m back working on the MS, I can remember what my issue was, because I can see it all over again. Thanks for visiting Alyssa.

  2. I’m sure the emotional wringer you’ve been through editing Ella is going to make her a very complex and interesting character to read, and will give great depth to the story.
    How exciting! February is nearly here! Can’t wait to get my hands on a print copy 😊

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