I was fortunate enough to have two experienced sets of eyes on this manuscript–those of my agent and my editor, Beth Adams. My agent saw the story first, so she was the first to point out that a certain plot development that I had planned strained her credulity a bit too much . . . and since I was already asking a lot of the reader, maybe I should rethink that aspect. She was right, so I did. So by the time my editor saw the story, a major problem had already been fixed.
This was my first time to work with Beth, and I always approach my first experience with editors a little cautiously. Editors are as different as writers–most of them are great, but every once in a while you’ll find someone who either doesn’t get what you’re trying to accomplish or who is trying to earn her paycheck by changing words and phrases that don’t need changing. Beth was great, and I quickly relaxed and trusted her capable instincts. I’d love to work with her again.
So all in all, the editing of THE OFFERING was relatively painless. And I can’t be any more specific than that because I don’t want to give any plot elements away. All I can say is that the book releases in NINE days and I hope you’ll be eager to read it. 🙂
My fifth day of a book of the month feature is usually devoted to reviews and such, but I really haven’t seen any yet. So if you have any questions at all, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer them on Monday.