Last week I received my copy-edited manuscript back from SSP. I’ve been working on it ever since. A few minutes here, an hour there. Every moment I have away from my day job and away from my family, I spend on my laptop making corrections and minor story edits. Filling in holes and correcting commas. I’m comma deficient, in case you were wondering. I didn’t count how many I’d missed, but it was easily a few hundred. That’s okay. It could’ve been much worse.
The story is solid, only a few minor changes to make it more consistent. A little more research and then deleting the extra detail. All very minor, as it should be with all the work I’ve put into it.
I’d like to sigh and complain about how much I hate it, but I’d be lying.
I’m loving it.
I’ve never been happier while writing than I am right now. Having feedback on something I’ve put so much of my heart into is priceless. The compliments are pure gold and the criticisms are not as frequent as I thought they’d be. It’s crazy, but for the most part, it’s the criticisms that really make me smile. They remind me of how much I still have to learn, and of how much I have already learned. There’s something a little extra special about an editor questioning something I knew wasn’t quiet right, but didn’t know how to fix. Proof that I should follow my instincts and just keep working at it until it’s right.
So . . . what’s next? I’m not totally sure. I’ve never had a novel published so the steps are a bit blurry for me, but I will keep you updated.
What are you up to these days?