Next week I embark on the line edits for my next novel, Stress Test. I don't have those in hand right now, so I decided to give you examples taken from the line edits for my most recently published novel, Lethal Remedy.
p 13, delete redundant words from this sentence mid-way down the page:
…there’s a doctor
at our medical
center doing trials on an experimental drug that might work for Chelsea.
P 32, line 3, correct typo: …bit OF color….
P 37, next to last paragraph, toward the end, change to “…lots of INTEREST from the press.” (already used attention right above it)
P 43, add a word: “…before she went into PROFOUND shock…”
P 53, names don’t match in last two paragraphs. Both should be “BRETT.”As you can see, line editing is often just a case of accepting the changes suggested by the editor, although sometimes it morphs into a dialogue about whether the change is good or not. Hope you've enjoyed this inside look at the process. What publishing questions do you have? I'd love to address them here.