2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Captain’s Log – Day 832: Editing (part1), you are DOOMED without editing, as I found out!

What you have written may be good, but not the best. But what happens if, what you right is not the best in terms of grammar, syntax and other writing parameters. Well you are doomed as I was… I knew it was editing was important, but it turned out to be the most important thing for me.

I thought i got a good plot, but i had no structure

I thought i got the structure then right, but then was shown the errors

I thought i cleared the errors, and then i was shown more errors.

By hits and trials i reached this stage, the manuscript at 101,700 words now and I would not reached here if it was not for the following activities

(1) Basic Editing – taking care of basic grammar

(2) Developmental Editing –  feedback – rework – feedback – rework

(3) Copy Editing

(4) Proof Reading

(5) Galley Reading

In total i spent closed to Rs. 200,000/- in the editing process, which in hindsight i have mixed experience. Will spend another 50K more to get a final guest editor to go through with impartial eyes for ther review and corrections. I will not say i was ill-advised, but rather not experienced. I did go in circles, but now I know the steps to be taken.

I will elaborate on details around editing in the next few posts!

Publishing Agencies – Sent to three other agencies in the last 24 hours.