I know I’ve been absent for the past couple of weeks. I’ve been working on the last round of edits with my editor and it knocked the wind out of me, I tell you! I was not expecting that to be so intense. Our first round of edits were (I thought) a good amount of work, mostly big picture things that required me to revise several chapters, clarify character motivations, cut here and there, cut down on the excessive potty humor… (Is there such a thing as excessive potty-humor? Apparently not in my house, or my brain.)
Anyway, this last round was a little more than I expected. My editor explained that she was going to “line-edit” and basically look at each page under a microscope. My thought was, okay that shouldn’t be too big of a deal. I’ll just go through, look at her suggestions and say yeah or nay and make whatever little changes necessary. We’ll be done in a week!
It was more like scrubbing an endless tile floor with a toothbrush. Oh, and some of the tiles were cracked and needed to be replaced, or that tile would look better over there so dig it out and cement it in over there. And then I needed to decide if I really agreed with that assessment, and if I disagree is it because I’m being lazy and I don’t want to deal with that kind of upheaval or do I really just disagree? Also there is gum in your hair.
Well I’m finished now, two weeks later. I turned in the revisions yesterday morning, and I feel euphoric. And exhausted. It was challenging for sure, but I feel confident that I dug in with both hands and did my best to make my book really shine. I did not shy away from the nitty-gritty, dirty work. Children deserve the very best books, and I’m determined to give them the very best book I can offer.
RUMP will go to copy-edits soon and at the same time a couple of authors have agreed to read and possibly blurb. I won’t name names, because that would be embarrassing if they hated it and decided not to blurb! (Embarrassing for me, not them.) I’m hoping to see cover sketches any day (Oh my gosh I almost died when they showed me the artists’ portfolio! Brilliant!) Everything seems to be coming together and the reality of my book sitting on a shelf (or preferably in a child’s hands) gets a little brighter every day.
I can’t wait to share it with all of you.