I'm currently working on some more research for both the first book and the soon-to-be-started second book in my Ruby Ransome vampire series, but as I finish up with the research I will begin working on the second draft of the first book. (I want to do the research first because there are a few holes I want to fix in the first draft.)
Revising is a pretty big deal for me, since this will be the first time in my entire life that I've done a second draft of a novel. I've written novels before, but I've always simply put them away when I was finished writing the first draft. I never revised them, never wrote a second draft (let alone a third or fourth) trying to make them better.
I plan to do many rounds of revisions on these books as I finish them, plus hire a professional editor, since my goal is to self-publish. Having never done revisions, though, I'm a little anxious about how it's going to go. I know that I'm going to start by reading through the entire novel and making notes about what I want to change, but I don't know what to expect from there. I know I'll have to do some rewriting in order to bring the second draft up to where I want it, but I don't know how much it'll take, or how much additional research I will find that I need to do.
Thanks to Nook's PubIt page, I found this article with tips on writing your second draft, but it's only marginally helpful because it reads more like an inspiration piece than an actual how-to. I also may have found an app (of course!) for my Nook that will help me with this stage, but more on that in a future post.
Perhaps in a couple of months I'll have some tips of my own for those who are starting their second drafts!