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And off we go again

Posted by Gayle on November 3, 2008

Kat returned my edited manuscript today. Again, there were no major changes, and no stupid, why-is-she-doing-this changes. It was all good except for one: I had written a joke, where a police officer is giving Peri the latest gossip about the hand found in Benny’s freezer. According to the officer, they found a foot in the freezer. It was supposed to be one of those, ‘that’s what happens when you play telephone’ kinds of moments. Kat didn’t get it, but that’s okay. After I re-read the scene, I didn’t get it anymore either.

At any rate, I’ve already got her comments incorporated, but I’m a little hesitant to send them back right away. I’m certain I’m not the only author on her plate, and she’s probably thinking she can go do something else for the rest of the week or so. But, no, little Nerdy Author immediately jumps up and fixes her errors – isn’t she just too damned eager? I can feel her rolling her eyes, all the way from the East Coast.

I’ll read everything over one more time before I send it back. That should take some time. I do wish I knew what’s next.

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One Response to “And off we go again”

  1. avomnia said

    Reading through your posts reprises not-so-dormant memories of my editing process. I’m currently waiting for galley proofs for my first published book of short stories, and I clearly remember getting my mansuscript back with a crystalline sense of terror and excitement.
    How bad was it?
    Did she rearrange everything?
    Was she as hard on me as I’d imagined she’d be?

    I was quite surprised (and relieved) to find her remarks were things I’d overlooked, or truly good suggestions. Like you, I’d sit down right away and correct/re-write what was necessary, then hesitate a bit before sending. I’d ALWAYS sleep on it, then come back to it the next day and re-read through it, and if it still stood on it’s own I sent it back.

    I haven’t told my immediate family about the book yet because I don’t want them to share in my disappointment if something were to go awry. Yet, I eagerly await the moment when I can send mom and dad an actual copy of the book. I suppose like most children I still want their acceptance, even at 44-years-old ;^)

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