Not too long after I got The Call from my agent, I got the first revision notes (I think the correct term is editorial letter, but "notes" sounds friendlier).
These notes were all about BIG THINGS. I think that was the main surprise. Rachelle wrote a blog post recently about revision notes. The one about setting and storyworld is from her notes about my book, and I was like
Oh. A story should happen in a particular place?
I'm a little detail-oriented, which means I tend to miss the big-picture problems.
That makes Rachelle and all my editing buddies priceless.
So, time has passed between then and now. That set of revisions is done, and now I'm looking forward to the line edit (if you're not sure of the difference, here is an excellent post), which I'm very excited about because it might include grammar, and
But there is an actual point to this post.
I applied all of my agent's advice, to the best of my ability, to the story. But after that, I didn't just chunk it and go on. I tried to treat it like a personalized, miniature writing manual, studying it and remembering it because if I made these mistakes once, I'll make them again.
What good advice have you gotten lately? Do you tend to miss the details, or do you have more big-picture issues?
What the Fiction Editor Looks For
The Editorial Letter
My Banshee Lullabies story in Farsi (How cool is that?)