Last week I received the revisions from my lovely editor for Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War. Ordinarily, I’m am of mixed feelings about revisions. On the one hand, revisions let me make my story better; I’m able to add some of the nuances that I missed the first time. More detail and more emotion tend to find their way into the story. Plot holes are plugged Sometimes the book goes in a slightly different direction, which has the feeling of entering an alternate dimension (I’m trying to put it in the best possible light here).
On the other hand, revisions mean I’m ripping apart my precious story. It is work that doesn’t always feel productive and…well, simply put, it can be grueling.
This time, I don’t have any of the reservations I’ve had in previous books. I’m not sure why, but I’m very excited to be working on them. Maybe it’s because the gaps were obvious as I was writing and I’m anxious to fill them. Maybe it’s because I like the story and I want to make it that much better.
The early alpha reader reviews of the story have been very positive which is very encouraging. Especially since I can already see some of the warts on the story. When I’m done, I expect it will be significantly better. Will I hit amazing? Only time will tell.