Draft 4 is on its way!
Let’s have a recap shall we?
I drafted the Novella of the Redemption of Anair in a ‘Three Act” structure. My mum – an English Teacher – proofread it for mes by scene. I made a few grammatical changes and worked on my punctuation, thus producing “Draft 1”
This was then submitted to Thoth Editing for the “first round edits” wherein the content and quality of the work in general was scrutinized, thus leaving me with Draft 2.
Draft 2 was submitted to my beta readers and most of them got back to me with really helpful input. One beta reader is actually an editor in her own right, and her input was most valuable. As a consequence of this, I added an extra scene and added content to two extra scenes. Alas, I am still debating how to cut down on some of my wordier descriptions (only two or three) as advised by one reader. Nevertheless, Draft 3 was drawn up and prepared.
Draft 3 is now in the capable hands of Casey Fenich – Thoth Editing – Whom I am sure will cut sentences and attend to any grammatical, punctuation or technical errors as she sees fit. Money well invested, I might add.
Nevertheless, Draft 5 will have my ultimate approval as I will re-read this novella (again) prior to formatting and uploading it.
I do hope that one learns to shorten this process as one progresses in the craft!