The edits for SAPPHIRE FLAMES have landed. The good news is that our editor liked the book. The bad news is that it’s 108,000 words and it needs to be closer to 100,000.
In the mixed-bag news, there are no obvious places to make a large cut. Typically, the easiest way to make large cuts is to drop a character or condense the plot, but in this case, everything that’s in there has to be in there. We are dropping Munoz, which is a small scene, but the rest will have to come from line edits. Meaning we will be checking for contractions and rewording things on a sentence level.
To quote Jeaniene Frost, who bravely suffered through the manuscript, “I marked some extra sentences through the middle of the book, but in the last quarter, you are screwed. There is nothing to cut.”
This is one of the simpler but more labor intensive edits. The only edit that’s more in depth is a voice edit, where the character doesn’t sound right. That one requires a complete rewrite. This one requires going through every sentence, trying to make it shorter.
You know that part when Arland talks about going into battle every day on Nexus, healing in the evening, and then going back out? It’s going to be a bit like that, because we have 2 weeks to accomplish this. So for the next two weeks, this blog will be a post-battle licking of the wounds. You have been warned.