I am happy to announce that I almost done editing the Home Sweet Home manuscript. I have just finished making edits to the poems I have selected for this collection. That is usually the biggest battle for me. Once I know the poems are where I think they should be, the rest of it is not so hard.
Now I have to decide on the exact order they will go. While the theme is apparent and the poems can stand by themselves, I like to think that when I choose poems to be put together like this, that there is a slight story to it. The order isn't the hardest task, but gives me the most insight on my thought process and vision for my manuscripts.
It develops slightly as I am choosing and editing poems, but now it's time for me to put the puzzle pieces together. Now it's time to see what Home Sweet Home really is.
After that, it's all about formatting for submission. I learned with Late Night Feelings that different presses will ask for different things (cover page, no cover page, acknowledgements, no acknowledgements...see where I am going with this?). So I will need to have at least six different versions of the manuscript for submissions.
With formatting, my biggest challenge is the Table of Contents. In Microsoft Word, you must have your pages formatted in a certain way in order for the TOC to generate. This consists of what fonts you use and the Styles section that I bet no average user pays attention to. I won't get into those details now (you'll just have to come back and see a future post.), but it can be a pain in the neck.
I am so excited to be almost done!
I can't finish it today because I am on my way to treat one of my best friend's out and I have tons of other editing work to do when I get home, but it will be finished before the end of the month.
Until then, enjoy your weekend my loves!