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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
05 Dec 2016, 12:48 PM | Post: #1

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Editing madness!

So after some sound advice from Cecilia, I thought I would have a look at the KDP paperback creating tool. My first novel would be the perfect guinea pig, or at least I thought it would be until I started to edit some bits. There were no grammatical or plots holes but many, many sentences I would write in a different style now.
The rest is madness!
Tearing through the entire book and changing words, sentence structure, commas, etc, until my sanity is completely gone.
My question is what will the Amazon machine make of it when I upload if there are too many little changes? I almost feel like giving out refunds through the shame!
Offline lyndawrites Reading The Twopenny-Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
05 Dec 2016, 05:14 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Editing madness!

It is doubtful if the Amazon machine, as you call it, would even be aware of any changes. (I'm assuming you mean between the ebook and the print versions?)

And if you think the print version improves on your original text, there's nothing to stop you uploading the new file over the existing ebook.
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05 Dec 2016, 05:30 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Editing madness!

(05 Dec 2016 12:48 PM)Fluffy1 Wrote: Wrote:   There were no grammatical or plots holes... 

...that you could see!  Big Grin
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
05 Dec 2016, 05:48 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Editing madness!

Further to David's hint, it may be a good idea to get your book professionally edited, if you haven't already.
If you don't want to go down that route due to cost or for other reasons,  I suggest you leave it as it is.
In short, either do a proper, thorough edit or none.
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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
05 Dec 2016, 06:04 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Editing madness!

(05 Dec 2016 05:30 PM)davidwailing Wrote: Wrote:  
(05 Dec 2016 12:48 PM)Fluffy1 Wrote: Wrote:   There were no grammatical or plots holes... 

...that you could see!  Big Grin
And now I've seen a couple of those too. Argghhh!
Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
05 Dec 2016, 07:01 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Editing madness!

I usually try not to read the text when I'm creating a new version - that way I can concentrate on the formatting. But you have to be quite determined to do this!
Offline Jonathan Hill
05 Dec 2016, 09:22 PM | Post: #7

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RE: Editing madness!

This post was last modified: 05 Dec 2016 09:23 PM by Jonathan Hill.
If you don't have money for a full professional edit, the experience you've got under your belt since publishing the book might allow you to polish the book a little more. If your work isn't of a standard you're happy with, then you need to act. Either that, or just accept it and move on, as Mads says. I'm sure I could rewrite my earlier books so that they reflect my writing as of NOW but it's such a drain on time when you could be writing new material. I guess you have to reach a point where you say, 'This is the final version of the book and, no matter what, it stays that way.' The question is, are you at that stage?!
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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
05 Dec 2016, 10:03 PM | Post: #8

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RE: Editing madness!

(05 Dec 2016 09:22 PM)Jonathan Hill Wrote: Wrote:  If you don't have money for a full professional edit, the experience you've got under your belt since publishing the book might allow you to polish the book a little more. If your work isn't of a standard you're happy with, then you need to act. Either that, or just accept it and move on, as Mads says. I'm sure I could rewrite my earlier books so that they reflect my writing as of NOW but it's such a drain on time when you could be writing new material. I guess you have to reach a point where you say, 'This is the final version of the book and, no matter what, it stays that way.' The question is, are you at that stage?!
Polish is the word that describes it best. The storyline is sound but some parts are clunky. No major changes are required, just lots of little ones. I'll change it and re upload.
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06 Dec 2016, 07:43 PM | Post: #9

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RE: Editing madness!

I think everyone's writing improves as they learn ever more about the craft. There is a danger of getting caught in an endless loop of refining an early work which'll stop the writer moving on to bigger and better stories.
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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
07 Dec 2016, 09:52 AM | Post: #10

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RE: Editing madness!

Thank you all for your kind help. I have completed the revision (and cut the word count by a thousand!).
I plan to upload the e version first. Should I write something in the blurb like 'revised and re-edited in December 2016' or just be quiet and say nothing?

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