If this is anything like the revisions for Bones and Secret (but then, every book has a way of being its own thing), the process from there might go something like this:
- Read the letter
- Resist at least one large-scale thing -- "I can't possibly do that!" "The story would fall apart!" "Or even if it wouldn't, I don't know how to do that!"
- Pace and fret
- Sit down and enter all the notes, in the letter and on the hardcopy, into the manuscript, putting them in brackets so I know they're notes
- Make the most minor changes, spelling and word choice and other trivialities, because those are easy, and because I might as well get them out of the way
- Wander restlessly through the manuscript, making mid-scale changes out of order
- While doing all of the above, make notes on the large-scale issues
- While making notes on the large-scale issues, begin, at last, to see that of course I can tackle them
- Dig in, tear things apart, change the big stuff
- Check to make sure all the brackets have gone away
- Fret because in tearing things apart, my once-polished prose is once again an unruly mess
- Re-polish the edited book back into ruly-ness
- Lather, rinse, repeat
For all the fretting (but then, fretting seems a normal part of every stage of my process :-)), I love revision and the ways in which we can dig in and make the story better.
In the meantime, this morning is for clearing the decks of various non-revision related things!