Yesterday afternoon, after my office hours, I met with the editor I hired to review "La Bruja del Barrio Loco."
All of the advice she gave me was brilliant, and she pointed out things I had never thought about. For instance, in this third revision, I am making the narration in the magical realism sections more like the magical realism I so love. (That will probably mean that I will read more magical realism in Spanish.) I am actually looking forward to reading works in Spanish, again.
She also recommended that I offset the flashbacks as separate chapters in italics, which I already started doing this morning when I was revising the piece. And, yes, the divisions make total sense.
The most challenging advice was that the main character was not likeable. I did try to not make her a purely "good" character, but I may have overdone it. I am adding more passages to round out Elisa, the "protagonist's" humanity and elevate her relationship with her kidnapped son.
That is all I got because it is almost 4a.m. and the union has a huge board action at the district office to support part-time professionals. I need to be awake. Plus, we start negotiating the faculty contract, and I am on the negotiating team. Wish me luck all!
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