I got edits back for my new book last Tuesday morning. On Monday, my editor told me they were coming and made this suggestion, among others: “I think just a small notice about Gal’s own solitude/her solitary ways even when surrounded by ‘company’ could give us an emotional boost. Does that make sense?” Nope, it did not. I didn’t know if she meant a whole scene or a few lines, but when I got the edits, I was thinking about her comment as I went through.

And suddenly, I understood what she meant. It only took a few lines in maybe three or four scenes.

This is the enormous benefit of having an editor: they see things you can’t, and what they say can plant seeds for bigger ideas. This is also the case for critique groups and good beta readers, too. It’s really hard to see everything you need to, by yourself.

I spoke with my editor last Wednesday and chatted about how much her one tiny comment had helped clarify what I needed to do.

And then she said, “So, when do you think you’ll get back to work on it?”

I said, “Actually, I’m going to e-mail it to you as soon as we get off the phone.”

There really had not been much work to do. I did it all on Tuesday, over the course of the day, and spent Wednesday morning checking it over. I did have to rework one scene a bit, but that was it. And I made Cadillac re-read all the big changes to make sure they made sense. After all, I have been known to accidentally change a character’s eye color or make them grow a beard in five minutes.

See all the comments of “good,” “nice,” and the stars? She said at first she’d planned to email me the edits, but wanted me to have the manuscript so I could see all the stars she’d given me. Yay! I felt like I was getting an A.

Now it’s officially accepted, and the manuscript has been sent to production. Then I’ll have to look at proofs and do copy edits in a few months. I don’t have the official release date, but it will most likely be in May 2012 or thereabouts.

Time to start the next project!