Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's that time again...

TOD: There is an Illinois Author Fair at the Bolingbrook, IL library on Saturday from 11-3. 25 authors will be there. Young adult authors include Stephanie Kuehnert (we interviewed her here), Pam Todd, Janet Riehecky, Kimberly Pauley, and Laurie Lawlor.

Revision! I know I've blogged about revision before. Specifically how when I first see revision requests I feel like AHHHHHHHH!!!!! I'm getting better though. This time instead of needing to mull over the revisions I instantly said yes! Of course! And then screamed after. Kidding. I didn't scream at all this time. Only a little tiny bit in my head. Mostly I was VERY excited because I have a definite book two for 2010! My middle grade, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS is it. In my excitement it seems I can do anything. And I'm sure I can. The revision requests are good ones and I just have to figure out how to execute.

I'm going to try something different this time and I thought I'd share. Here's what I'm doing:

I printed out the book, got the red pen to write in notes, and different color post-its.

Yes, I know, earth-shattering stuff. But I've never printed out one of my books before to revise. The first time I worked on a printed manuscript was when my editor sent me Espressologist for line edits. Fake Boyfriend is the 6th book I've written. I just never got into printing the books out. Even when I was querying for agents I only sent to those who took equeries.

Anyway, my editor had a few main points that need to be applied throughout the book. Mostly just things I need to add. I figured I'd assign each point a color post-it and then read through the whole book and put the post-it (with new scene written in brief) in various spots. Then go back and write the scenes when I'm done. I'm hoping by printing and having it front of me I'll be able to see the whole book better. Think it'll work? I hope so!

Kristina, Miss Delighted to Debut


DeenaML said...

I love colored post-its! Have fun! :)

Kate Fall said...

Tina, that sounds like a great plan. I love to work with printouts. It's a bit slower, and there's some "I killed a tree guilt," but I feel so much more serious about revising when I have a pen in hand.

When I get to a section where I need to add major paragraphage, I'll sketch it out in pen with a few key phrases and write it out fully on the keyboard.

Lisa Schroeder said...

I think that's a great idea, for the kind of revision you have to do.

Have fun!!