Monday, 9 January 2012

Let the Editing Begin...

I’ve made a start! Big cheers and a high five. Seriously, I’ve begun to read my manuscript working title WICKENHAM COURT. I have finally worked out how to transfer a manuscript to my Kindle – you send an e-mail to your Kindle e-mail address with “Convert” as the subject and your manuscript attached, then it magically appears on the Kindle screen when you are connected to Wi-Fi.

It is hard to do, but I am reading without censorship at the moment and making a note of each scene on a piece of paper. The intention being that I can re-order them when I’ve finished. I’m also noting down research I need to do and things I need to check. Anyone know anything about mineral rights? Lol.

I’ll let you know how I get on with this journey as it is a voyage into the unknown for me. How do you go about the process of editing? Hoping for shortcuts!!!

STOP PRESS – Watch out shortly for an interview with Linda Gillard when her e-book A LIFETIME BURNING is launched on Kindle .


  1. I've heard about converting manuscripts to kindles and it sounds really handy. What I need though is to read my stories on my smart phone. But I should probably finishes that manuscript first...

  2. Best of luck with it Morton - I wonder if I can persuade my Honey that I 'need' a kindle for the editing process ...

  3. It gives me such a thrill to see my manuscript appear like a real book on the Kindle. It has really given the work a new perspective - things like repeated words and typos leap off the screen. So yes, Sarah, I think you need a Kindle! Keep writing Gwen and finish that book. Mx

  4. Happy New Year and best of luck Morton - keep at it!

  5. My problem with editing is that I never know when to finish - I tweek and tweek, and then re-write, then tweek. I need someone to physically take the MS away from me and say, 'That's enough now.'

    Good luck with it.

  6. Good luck with the edits Morton, you know how I hate those. I keep a sheet of paper beside me with a list of all the things I need to look for: favourite repeated words like "just" and "only", "that", "it was", adverbs (search for "ly" words), all that sort of thing, and work my way through them. It's not easy. But I do feel it's "real" writing! Is this Rosie and Tanner's story?

  7. Thank you Lacey and Flowerpot.

    Annalisa - I think I might have the same problem.

    Faye - Thank you for those tips, I'll note them down. No it isn't Rosie and Tanner, it's my Nano manuscript. I have a choice for my New Writers' Scheme entry - Rosie and Tanner, Witch Cottage or Wickenham Court. I'm going to try to edit all three then make a decision. Wish me luck!