A good few rounds of editing is intended to turn a turd of a first draft into a polished manuscript for publishing. Sometimes, however, you don’t catch everything. Sometimes you don’t find them until you release your work into the wide world.
So here, in no particular order, are some things I’ve learned from my current works after their releases:
Why are you so irritating?
Sometimes a character you hope people will find charming and amusing, they instead will find annoying. Really annoying. Even after you think you’d already ‘fixed’ him. So, best to tone him down for the next instalment. (I’ll protect the fictional character’s identity by leaving him nameless)
Let’s get going already!
First entries in series often suffer from the dreaded pacing disease that is called the slow start. Let’s get moving quicker, next time, sans the infodumping.
Why is everyone shouting at me?!
This one is simple. Too! Many! Exclamation! Marks! In! Dialogue! Hopefully everyone cools off a bit next time.
Um…shouldn’t you be dead?
Sometimes people get injured. Sometimes they get injured badly. Sometimes they don’t get any treatment. Mysteriously, they live anyway. (Just…no)
Happily The Slaves of the Horned God won’t have any of these issues. (Now let’s make sure it doesn’t have a whole bunch of new issues…)