- Respect for the readers: if I'm fiddling with the manuscript, then they're not reading the latest version, and their time is wasted.
- Fresh eyes: giving myself some time away will let me go back and read with renewed vision. I'll be able to see the typos and errors better, and gain a new perspective on the story.
- Distance: when reader input comes back, I'll have a bit of distance from the project. I won't be as wrapped up in crafting the story, so I'll be able to consider their feedback with an open mind, and not take things personally.
"Is that scene really necessary? Maybe I should have taken it out before sending to the beta readers."
"That transition was too fast, there wasn't enough time between action A and response B."
I will not go back to edit. I will not go back and revise.
The thing is, I was really happy with it when I sent Pack off to be read. I felt pretty good about it. Is it perfect? No, but I thought it was as close as I could get on my own without new insight. I still think that's true. Additional edits might have just been changes, and not necessarily for the better. I need the time away and I need the feedback. So I will wait, as frustrating as that may seem sometimes!
I'm trying to distract myself with other related projects. I'm seriously researching the publishing options, reading blogs and books on all aspects of the subject. I'm revising a short story set in the same world as Pack but 60 years prior. I'm writing the content for my website and bugging my husband to help me design it. I'm thinking about the next book and starting on a very rough outline.
All in all, this is still going to be a productive month, but I can't wait to hear what the readers think and get back to finishing Pack!