Now I Will

Do I read my own work? Yes and no.

With my novels I read them several times during the editing process. Right now, I am going through and doing a final read through of Love Overcomes before it rereleases this Friday. There were a few times when I was reading it where I shook my head and thought “I could write better than that.” There were a few times when I giggled a little bit. One time when I thought “How sweet.” Once the editing process is over and the book has been published I don’t read it.

I never really thought about why. I suppose I would have felt like it was just too much. The way certain actors and actresses won’t watch movies that they’re in because its just a little too weird. Once my novels are out there I haven’t read them. However, that is going to change. When Love Overcomes contract was up with my previous publisher I decided I wanted to go back through and look it over. After all, it had been a few years and I had learned a few things, so I could polish it up and then submit it to some publishers to see about rereleasing it. When I was reading through it I found several editing mistakes that had been missed during the editing process before it had been published the first time. I was horrified! It wasn’t one or two mistakes, it was several. One example that really sticks out is one of the character’s name changes in spelling several times in a chapter. The name went from ending in an “ie” to ending in “y”, not just once but multiple times in the course of a page.

After having discovered this I decided that from now on I will be reading all my works once they’re published.

My children’s books get read a lot. My youngest loves hearing these read at bedtime. I have done a few readings for children in the area. That’s always fun. I like seeing how kids react to the story and characters that I have created. Kids are so honest, if they don’t like something or if something doesn’t make sense they’ll let you know. Luckily, I haven’t come across that with my books yet.

I haven’t always read my works once they’ve been published but I will be doing that from now on.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to Now I Will

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    If/when I ever get around to an opportunity to re-release a story, I’m sure I’ll go through the text with a fine tooth comb and fix a lot of things. Some, as you note, are just spots where I NOW know I can say it better, or with less repetition. Or maybe I can “show” it better now… than “tell” it previously.
    I certainly realize that the editing process — the ms. going back and forth between author, editor, publisher — cannot go on forever… but I’ve often found myself at the final stage (proofing the galleys) and wishing I’d caught certain details sooner.
    I’ll have more to say about this on Hound Day, of course…

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    • Even after going back through this while I was doing my final read through I still found things that I wish I could change but with less than a week to rerelease I simply can’t make any more changes. Overall, I am very happy with how it turned out. It is so much better than it was, Love Overcomes was my first book so I have learned a lot since I had written it.

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  2. Once I have gone back and read something that I have published, found mistakes and/or things that I could have done better, I cringe greatly. I really had to learn to let it go, and get better the next time.had

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sometimes it takes dozens of read-throughs before an error is caught. If you’re doing readings of your books, that will help. I’ve also heard some people use the text-to-speech option on their computers to hear someone else read, because the computerized voice will read what you’ve actually written, not what a person would THINK it says. I’ve tried it, but the robotic voice tends to put me to sleep.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Catching errors is terribly hard to do. I can’t stand it when I find them. Reading the book aloud is a great idea.

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