The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: in revision

When I first started writing, I naïvely thought that once the manuscript had been accepted for publication, the hard work was done. Now that my middle-grade fantasy, The Gatekeeper’s Daughter, has found a place at Chicken Scratch Books, I’m learning that the hard work is just beginning. My editor’s letter set out the changes that needed to be made in exquisite detail.

I had reasoned that since the manuscript had already undergone extensive editing before I sent it out to publishers, any further editing would be minor. Imagine my surprise to discover there were developmental issues to be addressed. After so many hours, how was that even possible? And yet, as I read the letter more closely I realized how much better the story will be for these changes. There is still much work to be done.

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By susanreimer

I am the author of the YA series Forged in Flames and the children's picture book Letters in the Woods from Word Alive Press. I am a Jesus follower, mom and gramma living in beautiful Northern Ontario, Canada.

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