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Struggling Through Book Edits

Updated: Nov 26, 2022

Struggling Through Book Edits

Hey everyone! It’s been a couple weeks, and I just wanted to say a quick hello.

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  1. I’m in the middle of some time-consuming book edits so that’s where all my free time is going lately. (I stared at my computer screen so long I got a migraine and had to take a few days off. But I was “in the zone” as they say.)

  2. I got the test reviews back for my book and 90% of it was positive…

Allowing Someone to Live Rent Free in my Head

  1. One reader had a negative comment about the motive… and it threw me in a tailspin.

  2. I spent a few weeks agonizing over what, if any, revisions I should make based on that one reader.

Realistically, I know I can’t make everyone happy, but the people-pleaser/perfectionist in me came out in full force, wanting to change every little detail to make that reader happy, even though I had my reasons for writing it the way I did. It didn’t matter what anyone said to reassure me; this anonymous test reader had more power than anyone, including myself.


  1. I realize now how ridiculous that sounds.

  2. I started writing because I love telling stories and immersing myself in other worlds.

  3. I started this publishing journey because several people thought what I created would bring others joy. So, I’m going to hold onto these thoughts as I move forward.

  4. There’s enough space in this world for people to hate what I do or love it and everything in between. Regardless, I should keep doing me. (Please remember that the next time you second-guess yourself.)

That reader did get me to go back and analyze a few other areas of my book that I’m now fine-tuning, and I will forever be grateful for that.

As I dive back into edits, I’m taking this quote with me:

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap, thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
— Octavia E. Butler

And ain’t that the truth.

Hopefully, I can share my book cover art soon. It’s in the final stages. 😊

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