Hmm. Back before I was published I would write a first draft, then re-read it (and edit), then have someone ELSE read it, then edit, then call it good.
These days I send in my first draft. Why? Because I've found that it's silly to edit out something that my editor might not have a problem with. After sending a book in, I receive a revision letter. At that point I make changes. Then I send the book back in. Usually I've done a good job with the revisions and it'll go to a copy editor from there. Sometimes, though, I have to revise one more time.
After I read and de-flag all suggested Copy Editor revisions, it GOES BACK to New York for one last read. So you can see now why I send in a first draft. There are times when I end up re-reading one of my books three to six times. Ugh!
Most editors are great, but I had one that DROVE ME NUTS. She would nit pick things, slash large portions of my text, fixate on certain words that she claimed I over used, but upon doing a word search would only use twice in the whole book. Crazy. But all-in-all I've loved my many editors.
My twenty-third book hits shelves this week. It's a little Harlequin Romance called MARK: SECRET COWBOY. I've written for just about every major publisher out there. Tough business; you must LOVE to write.
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