Great news! Thanks to John Foxjohn and his interview with 1st Turning Point, I have an additional writing book to add to my editing arsenal. I say editing rather than revision because my mindset is geared toward a final, finished product.
In my previous process, I submitted my work revised to a point I believed salable but clung to a vague idea that imperfections were expected. These imperfections, in my mind, were ones I could not see as a writer, they were only visible to an editor.
To think like an editor and take full responsibility for my novel’s success, the more I read now, the better I see as well. Bestselling authors break point of view, dialogue, and many other supposed rules that professionals blame for rejecting newcomers’ works. But, viewing these infractions with new eyes, I am beginning to see why say Jude Deveraux gets away with flashbacks mixed with backstory and head-hopping.
The more tools I have, the better I shall see. So, I’m picking up a copy of The Marshall Plan by Evan Marshall post haste. I also found a free download that is very useful on his site.
And on I go.