I just want to thank everyone for your support!
I am really excited about the cover.
Below I am sharing parts of information from the Editorial Letter for DiSemblance.
1. ”Overall the manuscript is in good shape. The characters are strong and the plot is perfectly paced. This was an exciting read and a joy to edit.” (Maybe this is bragging, but she said, “An exciting read and a joy to edit! Fun stuff!)
2. “Characterization is one of the strengths in this manuscript. Each character was unique and well depicted.” …”Placing Bruce and Angela at odds with the case was an excellent choice to deepen the tension between them. Normally, the reader expects the detectives to handle cases in tandem, yet you chose to have them in opposition, to an extent. Nice.”
3. ”The handling of the story’s plot was one of the strongest points of the manuscript. …You created a novel idea of having a killer who targets terminally ill patients and then leaves them with a paid-for coffin and money for the family. The plot flows beautifully and moves along at an ideal pace. Adding characters (such as Daisy and Patricia) to help move the story along worked very well. The gentle surprises seemed well thought out and added suspense. The side story occurring between Bruce and Lisa was a great choice. It helped break up the intensity of the Comfort Killer case.”
4. Structure: ”You created a nice, smooth transition from the chapters with Jason and Isaac, and the ones with Bruce. They were well balanced.”
To be fair–I did need some help. Here are some of the changes I made:
1. “In some places I tightened up the writing a bit.” …”It’s always best to “show” the reader how a character feels or behaves by his or her actions or words. Trust your writing, because it’s good.” (Basically she cut out some phrases I had because I didn’t really need them.)
2. ”The grammar was in good shape overall. Most of my changes involved comma use.” (I hate commas! Thank goodness for editors!)
3. ”In addition I made sure that the manuscript follows Chicago Manual of Style guidelines.”
—Valerie, CreateSpace Editor