My experience with my second book, Miss Fortune Cookie, has been incredibly different.
Revision #1 took 3 months
But I made a wrong turn
Revision # 2 took 6 months
I changed the protest in my story to one based on real events (see video)
plus a hundred other things.
Revision #3 took 3 months
I wrote more Miss Fortune Cookie letters into the story, for instance:
Dear Miss Fortune Cookie,
My best friend stole my boyfriend. Now she’s going to the prom with him. Is it wrong to give her Mono by drinking from her soda can at lunch?
Can you really give someone Mono by drinking from her can? I wish they taught us useful things like that in Bio.
Seriously, though, Confucius said: Before embarking on a path of revenge, first dig two graves. Are you still friends with her? If so, tell her how you feel. If you are no longer friends, revenge won’t make anything better.
Miss Fortune Cookie
plus fifty other things
Now I’m three days shy of completing Miss Fortune Cookie and positively giddy with anticipation; the champagne and firecrackers are waiting on ice (joke).
The final day of writing won’t be about brilliance, word count, or intense breakthroughs. It will be about perseverance. I hope my editor loves it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.