2nd Pass Pages for Keep of Ages
This weekend, I finished going over the 2nd Pass Pages of The Keep of Ages and sent them back to my editor. I thought I’d just be reading through the novel in its final perfect form, but I still found things that needed changing, and not just switching “west” to “south” and such. I few lines of dialogue needed finessing, and a distant relative in Calgary who remained as a mention from an earlier draft needed cutting. I don’t know if anyone else would ever notice such tiny things, but it makes me feel better to fix them.
I just wonder what I’d find if I kept going over the manuscript forever. As it is, I am so pleased with this novel. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, and I can’t wait for August 29th, when readers will have a chance to see where Rosie’s story goes.
I’ve also been thinking about how whole and complete this book is, with its own distinct world and plot, and it makes me think people could read the series out of order. Do people do that much? I know for the Birthmarked trilogy that some people read Prized (book 2) before Birthmarked. It makes me wonder. At the heart of it, this series is so much about art, creativity and taking chances. Maybe reading it out of order would bring that home even more.