Evelyn Chartres Author
The Van Helsing Paradox – Page 7

The Van Helsing Paradox’s Pseudo Math

What does: 1 manuscript; 15 revision cycles; 17 chapters; 1350 annotations made during copy editing; and 63631 words add up to? Good question. The beginning of the end!

A Quick Revision Update

Since Revision 3 was completed on 22 Jan 2018, three more revisions were completed for the Van Helsing Paradox. These revisions all aimed at improving the overall readability of the manuscript.Of note there were 1827 revisions and a averaged 38 words between corrections for Revision 3. This followed the trends noted during my review of the Grand and that remains true with this project. The particulars of the cycles are as follows:

Revision 4

  • Revisions – 928
  • Revisions per Word – 70

Revision 5

  • Revisions – 825
  • Revisions per Word – 78

Revision 6

  • Revisions – 788
  • Revisions per Word – 147

The Revisions per Word metric is the most telling, every additional revision leads to fewer corrections to make. While corrections do tend to be grouped together in the manuscript, I can now read pages at a time without making any notes. This trend is expected to continue until the Revisions to make number under 100. That’s normally my cue to send it off to my editor for polish prior to release.


The Van Helsing Paradox – Revision 3

Given my schedule for the next couple of months, I decided forgo my normal pause. Putting my revisions on hold would have me revising the Van Helsing Paradox during a business trip and that would have been fairly disruptive.

Revision 3 is now complete and I ended up with about 500 less revisions. There was an increase of 350 words despite the there being a net loss for most chapters. Two additional scenes were added to describe Clara physically, which led to a net increase. Revisions are getting smaller in scope and I rarely need to rewrite a few sentences are rewritten.

So what does this tell me? That I am on track. While this revision is far from perfect, my metrics are improving and I plan to restart the process end February.

The End of the Nineth Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

I have completed my ninth review of the Grand. This review showed no decrease in corrections when compared to revision eight. The Cheshire Cats Grin had the most substantial drop of 62%, while the Van Helsing Paradox increased by 63%. Overall, there were 207 corrections and gives us an average of 17 changes per chapter.

About 20% of the chapters saw a drop in changes during this cycle. This revision cycle is unique in that there was no drop in corrections, although changes varied greatly from chapter to chapter.

Here is a summary of the cycle:

  • Overall was no drop in modifications when compared to revision eight;
  • 207 modifications for the entire work;
  • 17 modifications per chapter;
  • The Cheshire Cats Grin had the most substantial drop at 62%; and
  • The Van Helsing Paradox had a 63% increase in changes.

These revision took far less time than previous revisions and for the same reasons:

  • It takes far less time to run through the material;
  • There are far fewer errors to find with an average of 424 words between corrections. This improves on the 371 words per change seen in revision eight; and
  • Changes implemented are minor in scope.

I expect to keep pushing through these revisions until the total amount of corrections drop well below 25 for the manuscript. Since there was no change from the previous revision, I expect there are 2-3 revisions left.

My Sixth Review of the Van Helsing Paradox


The Van Helsing Paradox available on:
Google Docs

I completed my sixth review of The Van Helsing Paradox. This chapter explores what happens when a hunter walks through the doors of the Grand in pursuit of prey.

There were 44 modifications made to this 25 page chapter leading to a 54% reduction in changes when compared with revision five.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad have the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.