So, a few weeks back, I was all set to be DONE already. I'd edited my WIP until I was thoroughly sick of it. I'd tortured many brave betas (who, fortunately, almost universally loved it). I'd started researching agents and figuring out who to query first.
Then I read a blog (sorry--can't find it now) that said I really ought to, like, print it out and read it on paper before declaring myself done. Bother.
So I did. I'm cheap, so I expanded all my pages to legal-size and printed 2-per-sheet. The text is tiny, but hey, my eyes are still good. I started reading. And marking. Lots. In red.
Then the two wonderful readers (my mother and Susan Jensen) who had already read my book countless times each and generously agreed to give it a quick, final once-over for me... had some major issues. Double bother. I'd only gotten through about 50 pages myself (does it say something when you have a beta reader who has read the book more than you have?), but I stopped, shelved the sheaf, and dug into another substantive edit.
A week or so passed. I fixed the issues (I hope), and printed it out AGAIN.
Got out my red pen.
Started reading, sure that, at least in the first 50 pages, it'd be pretty dang good. Yeah, well, not as much as I hoped.
Turns out one of the best ways to spot the line-edity issues in your WIP is the old-fashioned way. Paper. Ink. Scribbles and arrows.
Now if I can just get past the fact that my book is starting to REALLY bore me, we'll be in business. I'm only comforted by the fact that this is the only book I've read that can hold my attention THIS LONG. :)
So what about you? Any tips on editing? Tricks to find those hidden errors? Fancy ritual dances that will make the same-old text I've read a thousand times now suddenly seem fresh and new?