The nice UPS guy just dropped off a package from Random House (I really should learn his name and not call him the nice UPS guy) and inside werer my copyedits! For those of my friends not involved in the writing community, copyedits are the corrections/suggestions made by the copyeditor (duh!) about grammar and inconsistencies in the book etc. I now take a look and see if I agree or disagree with their comments. All I can say is that I must have failed the test on commas in middle-school because, oh my, a ton of them were missing!
So far I've agreed with almost every little red mark/comment made (but I'm only up to page 15), but I really need to read carefully as this book will now be in its almost final stage. As my fantastic editor puts it... "it's not your absolute last time with [the book], just your last time before lots and lots of people will read it!" And by that she is referring to all the reviewers.
Eeek... this is really happening people!
In about eleven months (11 months, 7 days to be exact) The Red Umbrella will be officially released. Yep, May 12, 2010 is THE day, but already the book is starting to take shape. Several things have happened in the last few days...
1) My author picture for the book jacket has been chosen (it's the one I'm now using as my blog profile picture)
2) Copy edits have been sent for my review (although I haven't received them yet)
3) My amazing and fabulous editor (I don't say that because she might one day read this... I really do think she is fantastic) had her launch meeting with the sales and marketing team at Random House and things seem to have gone well (not sure what that means exactly... but we'll find out in a few weeks)
4) I got a peak at how my book jacket will be written up and I love it! It is finally sinking in... I'm going to be published!
There are still a few big items pending... namely my cover art, but I'm sure that will be done relatively soon.
So, now I'm going into the summer (kids got out of school today) all jazzed up about writing. I hope this translates into my finishing my second novel in the next couple of months. We'll see.
Hope your summer is starting on good note too!
Well, I did it. I've sent the revised manuscript to my fabulous editor and (fingers crossed) I will be on the path to copy-edits and cover art in the next few weeks. Now that I can no longer tinker with it, I find myself debating... do I jump into my next project or do I actually do all the laundry I've been putting off? Do my kids really need absolutely clean socks? (Kidding, really, my kids' laundry always gets done... not so for my husband's stuff).
The end is in sight. I do believe that the final additions to THE RED UMBRELLA are almost done. I have one new chapter that I want to review and then, I think, it will be time to set this bird free. Hopefully, I'll have the strength to send it back to my editor tomorrow instead of convincing myself that it needs "one more run-through" thereby keeping it with me for a few more days. (Did I just write "thereby"? Man, the legalese from being an attorney for so many years just keeps popping up.)
I wonder if other people have such a hard time letting go? I'll post when it officially gets sent back.