With great pleasure I can say I've completed the developmental edit revisions "Lavender Chase" and "Azure Chase." By that, I mean I have managed to steel myself against the words of the professionals, kept my ego at bay, and have massively transformed these ideas from what they were merely shells of before. I feel happy... tired... in pain... but glad I was able to finish it before I left on vacay for a week. They have both been sent in to get a copy edit done. Then, when I return, I'll look at the writing again to do the final polish of edits, and the manuscript will be done.
Starting from "Lavender Chase," I plan on using hand drawn illustrations. That'll be a bit of a tight deadline to hit by the end of the month, but it's a lot better than the time I left for "Pink Chase" at that time. "Azure Chase" which will be released next month, is doing really good for pacing. I'll have so much time to really up the illustrations in that one.
In the background, "Crimson Chase" had a high level manuscript critique. I decided to try one of those out because these line by line developmental edits are hard to take emotionally. I'll get my hands on that after I've gotten "Cyan Chase," which is in really rough state right now, to the point where I can get a developmental editor to look at it. I have got to say, reading "The Emotional Craft of Fiction" by Donald Maass, it has completely taken my writing to the next level. It's night and day with these drafts of when I started writing to after I read that book writing. I encourage anyone who wants to tell a good story to read it. That book supplemented with my editors' feedback just made things so much clear to my understandings. Like, goodness, I'm like level 23 when I was on level 5 (in Pokemon terms).
All right, see you guys after a week.