Now is my turn to look over the final draft for corrections and anything else that I might find needing changing. It's an exciting time, because we are so close to publication. It's a nerve-wracking time, because if I find anything (big) that needs changing, it could delay my release date. And it's a humbling time, because in spite of all the edits we've made, my editor still found 20K to cut from my manuscript. (Not to worry. I will have a 'deleted scenes' section on my website where all my eager fans can read the adventures that didn't happen.)
With my manuscript now down to 63K, I find it is definitely in the YA genre. Here are the things that got cut:
--Repetitive information (did I really have to mention twenty times that Sara is adopted?)
--Jaci's 'snarkiness' (I kind of liked it, but we want all my readers to like her too.)
--religious references (this one deserves a whole blog post. Maybe later this week.)
--anything (anything??) that slowed down the pace (I have yet to see what that may be.)
I am excited because it looks like we kept all the characters and all the major plot points. Anything else that is gone, well, I'll cry over it and you'll never know.
My job: finish going over these final edits as quickly as possible so we can get ARCs ready!
What do you think of the length? It's not too short, is it? I don't want it to be mistaken for MG!