Before you get too excited, I should probably tell you that this is the third time that I've finished editing my book.
Self-publishing makes editing a delicate process. You want to be ruthless but not paranoid; thorough but not obsessive. I think I've done a pretty good job self-editing. At least, I've done a lot of trimming and re-wording, and the poems are much better for it.
The hardest part for me is objectively looking at the organization of the poems. There are two reasons for this:
1) It's hard to organize a bunch of poems. Understatement of the year.
2) Because of Reason #1, I'm reluctant to even approach the subject of organization. If just one poem needs to be moved - just one! - the whole book could spiral into a chaotic Vortex of Death!
No. No, I am not being melodramatic.
|Early stages of poetry organization.|
Anyway, I finished editing again. Next, I will take a final look at the organization. >shudder<
If I'm not back in two days, you'll know what happened.