The editing process has continued down the seemingly never-ending track of corrections. Although I can see, off in the distance, the finish line. I quickly tackled the third revision which was entirely centered around grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors. And there were a lot of them. Oh yes. A. Lot.
But this fourth revision is mostly centered around tightening things up a bit more and making sure the continuity doesn’t contradict itself. I know of a bit of timing that I changed in the third revision, under a sleep deprived brain, that is terribly inaccurate. I also know, from various feedbacks I’ve received, that I need to explain a few things a bit better. But overall I think the novel will be done after this revision. I’ll be looking into how it needs to be formatted to receive my 5 free copies from winning at the NanoWriMo but that’s relatively minor.
From there I’m not sure where to really go. I’ll need to actually put some effort into looking for resources on how to get it published. I’ll be going the agent route I think. Self publishing is all well and good but I’d like more than a dozen or so people to read it before it gets smothered under the deluge of other self published titles.
It’s going to be a bit strange, I think, going from the editing process back into full-fledged writing. I think I’ll be returning to the novel I’ve spent the better part of decade thinking about and revising in my head. It has been cooking for a good long while. Finishing a novel, from start to finish, in a month and a half has actually giving me a bit of a burst in confidence. That now that I’ve done it once I know I can do it again.
While I’m writing about monsters and fate and death, all subjects I have a vast interest in apparently, I’ll be thinking about a sequel to the nearly finished novel. I’ve already got a bit of an idea for where it would go and it would continue the protagonist’s streak of terrible luck and terrible weeks. Much more so than this time. I like the setting, characters, and themes enough to see merit going back for a second time. I also like the style; there is something about a cyberpunk noir that just hits the right points in my brain’s pleasure center. Though it does need time to flesh itself out a bit. But I do know any sequel would need to have more of a focus on the augmentations and the actual sleuthing side of things.