by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
I bought Cheryl B. Klein’s book, Second Sight. An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adult, after attending her workshop at the SCBWI NJ conference.
A recompilation of some of her talks and blogs, this easy to read yet insightful book is just what I needed to get ready for my revision of Becquer Eternal.
I do not claim I have assimilated all her wisdom in one reading but I did learn enough to know where to start.
The most interesting piece of advice?
If you have a long section of dialogue copy it in another page and eliminate all the tags. Go back to that section some time later. If you don’t miss the tags, cut them in the final version.
So now, as soon as my current beta reader returns Becquer Eternal to me with her critique, I’ll revise it once again.
This time, I’m ready.