Chance Encounters update - New York Times Bestselling Author, J. Sterling

Chance Encounters update

In all honesty, i'd hoped to have this book released by now. Hell, I thought I'd release it in February.

I'm naive to this whole writing, editing, rewriting, re-editing, rerewriting, some more editing...thing. I just got the 2nd round of editing notes back from my editor this morning. I don't let her make the changes for me- since I really want to learn to write better- I choose to do all the rewriting, etc myself. Which is probably what most people do and I just want to sound important...or really hard working. lol

She suggested a lot of things and i'm sort of processing some of them. Not really the changes in the book itself, but kind of some overall notes in regards to my style and the types of stories I tell. I have to let it all sink in before I take a stab at it. It's hard because my books are written FOR teenagers, but I realize that a lot of unteens read them too! And that's awesome and I want to have a broader audience, BUT my writing isn't for adults. I don't choose to write adult books and at this point I can't see myself ever wanting too. So I have to keep in mind that if adults CHOOSE to read my young adult books, then they have to NOT expect a book written for adults. And not the other way around.

What I mean is, I don't want to change my book so that it pleases the adults who are choosing to read my non-adult stories.

Does that even make any sense?

Maybe it only does in my head.

Ugh. But it's hard because then I sit here and wonder if i'm being stupid? Like of course I should want to appeal to as many readers as I can- but at what cost? Am I compromising the whole point of my writing? Am I changing things I don't feel right about changing to make my non target audience happy?

See? I'm just torn at the moment. And it's possible that she's totally right, my editor I mean (which she usually is, lol). I mean, some of things she said have been exactly what others who read In Dreams said. Were they teenagers? no. But still.

There has to be a way for me to make subtle changes without compromising the integrity of the point i'm trying to make.

Or maybe unless you've never experienced the things I write about- you'll never truly get it. This is why I have to sit with all this info. Because tomorrow, i'll totally get it and realize she was right and move on. lol

See how confusing this is?!?!?! LOL Okay, I'm logging off to go finish up Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan, which for whatever reason, has me hooked!

ps- The Star-Crossed Series by Rachel Higginson- totally awesome. loved the whole thing. Start reading them. like now. :)

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