Currently seem to be averaging about 10 words cut per page of Seeds of Blood. Doesn’t sound like a lot, I know, but I’ve already been through two rounds of edits on the draft. Which means that hopefully this is cutting the last of the unnecessary, redundant, or just plain distracting words out of the text. If the first two rounds were more pickaxe and shovel, this is more like going at the draft with an archaeologist’s trowel, trying to get at the exact shape of the sentences, no more or less.
Once all the “dust” of redundant words is gone, then I can look more at the imagery and scene-setting. Because then I’ll be able to see exactly what is and isn’t there for the reader to chew on. Trying to polish up scenes and description while extra words and awkward phrases are hanging around in the text feels like trying to pin a dress on a goat. The results aren’t pretty, and the goat doesn’t like it.
…Yes, I do know that from personal experience. I never had formal 4-H in my life, but I have some knowledge of taking care of a wide variety of barnyard critters. I can’t swear to all goats, I never dealt with Saanens, for one – but Nubians don’t do cosplay.
(I have mercifully blotted out why anyone tried in the first place.)
So. Currently about… 1/7th through this draft, roughly. ATM my plan is to keep flicking at the text all the way through, then go back through again to do all the extra scene-setting and foreshadowing. And then see how it looks. It might need yet another draft after that; I’ll have to see when I get there.
Then it’s format, get cover art, wrestle with CreateSpace. Eep.
Piece of advice for anyone else intimidated by the whole self-publishing mountain: make a checklist! Then you have down all the steps you eventually need to get done, but you can focus on the one right at hand. Breaking the Huge Pile Of Things into smaller bits lets you keep hitting it with persistence, instead of relying on one heroic surge of energy and Getting it Right. Persistence, I’ve got. Heroic energy, not so much. 😉