By Anna Bell
Over the last two years I’ve been used to working with editors in the middle or at the end of my work in progress. Whether it’s for the freelance editors of my self-published novels or the editors at my publishing house, I have always submitted books that are finished. Currently, I’m in the editing stages of the first book that I have written from scratch for my publisher, and it has changed the way I plan and write dramatically.
When I got my book deal, book three was a mere few lines of summarised plot on a piece of paper. I’d self-published book one, and I’d finished book two to a pretty decent standard, yet book three was little more than a rough idea at that stage.
Once book two was in the editing system with my publisher, my attention turned to book three. The first step was to write a synopsis. Now, I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates synopsis writing (I’d naively assumed that when you got a publishing deal you didn’t have to write them anymore). But I wrote the evil synopsis and sent it off for comment and approval from my editor. It came back (luckily) with a thumbs up and a few comments.