Manuscript Revision – Step 4

by Richard Perkins

typewriterWell, it took much longer than I’d hoped. But I’m finally finished with the red-lines on my manuscript. I’ve also settled on a working title! The second novel in the Renegade’s Legacy series is called – (drum roll please) – The Guardian’s Hand!

I’ve even thought of a working title for the concluding volume of the trilogy, but you’ll have to wait for that. (I haven’t even started writing the final story yet, though I do have some of it outlined already.)

That means I’m hip deep in the fourth and final step of my modified one-pass manuscript revision process. Time for another blog post. This is the type-in step, where I transcribe all my re-writes, cross-outs, new pages, and often indecipherable scribbles from red ink into usable electronic format. You’d think this would go pretty quickly, wouldn’t you?

Sadly, no. I have red ink on pretty much every page of the manuscript. All two hundred sixty seven pages. Skipping this step is the reason many authors have moved to electronic revision instead of hard copy. Sadly, I can’t quite do major reworks in soft copy yet. Maybe some day I’ll move into the current century. Until then, I’ve got new writing between the lines and new writing in the margins. There’s new writing on the back of many pages, and sometimes even whole new pages inserted to accommodate, you guessed it, new writing.

Let’s just say the manuscript is bloody, poor thing. Author Holly Lisle (from whom I borrowed nearly all of my modified one-pass revision method) separates her manuscript into three piles: unedited pages, pages with markups on them, and clean pages that don’t require revision. My answer to that is: wow, an entire first draft page that doesn’t require revision? I’ve got a long way to go before I reach that caliber.

I’m about half way through the write-in step and horribly behind schedule. I apologize to my volunteer alpha-readers, but there are miles to go before I sleep, as they say. Miles and several days of type-in. Then I can finally get the manuscript into their eager hands so people with fresh eyes can tear it apart.

Trust me; there’s gonna’ be a lot of tearing on this one. Possibly even some swearing. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!


2 Responses to “Manuscript Revision – Step 4”

  1. Richard,

    You make it sound so cool, yet there are so many things that are needed to do before you could actually produce your own book.

    Wow! Do let me know when you publish, okay?


  2. Z – I don’t know about cool, but yes there are a lot of hoops to jump through before getting published. It’s a long road, and given the changes the publishing industry is going through right now, it’s one without a map!
    We all muddle through in our own way.