All Delivered

July 5th, 2014 § 0 comments

The edits are all done, and the manuscript delivered. It’s been eighteen months of chapter-by-chapter editing, then from the beginning again, then again. And then a little more. I knew eventually we would call this thing delivered, and now we’re there.

The other day I had to write my dedication and acknowledgments. I’ve never had to do that before. That brought this out from behind the curtain of hypothetical into a spotlight of reality.

I keep thinking that soon I’ll have gone through this entire process — from idea to page to publishing to actual book — and it will no longer be a new experience. Right now I’m still somewhere near the middle of my first time riding this roller coaster, but eventually this ride will take me all the way through to the end. And then, like all of us who love roller coasters, I’ll run back to the start and do it over again. But it won’t be new, the way it is now. And that’s all right. It’s a reminder to take a step back and enjoy the experience.

Here are a few tricks I used to help me during this seemingly endless editorial process:

~ whatever editing I had to do, I made sure I got it all done with enough time to give myself at least a couple of days to read and reread (and reread again and again) before sending the edits.

~ Some people are able to write in the morning and I think that’s amazing and I’m a little jealous. Maybe one day I’ll manage that, but for now, I work in the evenings, and I limit this to just a couple of hours, three at the most. Free weekend days I might write for longer. I am perpetually a little sleep deprived but who isn’t?

~ I don’t do well in isolation, so I make sure I get out to see friends. I trust the writing will happen, I don’t need to exclude the rest of life to get it done.

~ This novel got written in coffee shops, in my living room, at work, on trains, on planes, at the barn, in Mexico, in Peru, in the UK, at the beach. It’s mobile.

So I wait for the next phase of this adventure, and I’m not entirely sure what that is. The manuscript is now out of my hands and in the hands of the publisher. I’m curious about what’s next.  There’s still copy-editing to be done, and I’m looking forward to it. I love copy editing! Is that weird? Although I thought I loved line-edits and that proved to be a lie.


Recent Audiobooks:

The Blue Hammer, Ross MacDonald

The Painted Bird, Jerzy Kosinski

Call of the Wild, Jack London

Zealot, Reza Aslan

Going Clear, Lawrence Wright

(Listening to Zealot and Going Clear back-to-back is quite the amusing experience.)


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