One of the most important parts of the revision process is working with an editor. I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to find a good editor. If you do find one hang on to them like a purse full of gold.
My editor brings to the task a number of different skills but ones which are all of benefit to the process. First and foremost she puts herself in the shoes of a reader reading the book for enjoyment and looking out for passages which are confusing or incidents which need better bridging or more leisurely working. This is something which I find more difficult to do as, in the process of writing, my mind has elided any such gaps and omissions.
She has spent much of her life working in the social services field and has insights regarding behaviour and motivation which are invariably stimulating and helpful in deepening character and relationships. She is a master of detail and can spot an error in punctuation or a verbal infelicity almost as soon as she has turned the page.
Finally, she can discuss the areas for improvement with an open yet critical mind, allowing me to trial various solutions before putting finger to keyboard.
We have been working on the third revision to ‘Artful’, my forthcoming novel. We’re cracking on with it and hope to publish soon.