I know you know this as you suffered through my week of revision hell, but I had to say it again because I received an email from her last night. She sent me my first round of copy edits.
Let me tell you, when I saw the email in my inbox, my pulse sped up just a little. What if she hated it? What if it sucked? What if I needed to write the whole thing again?
Then, when I noticed the attachment icon, my pulse raced. I didn’t want to open it. I didn’t want to see what she’d said. I wanted to bury my head in the sand and pretend I’d never written a book.
My hands trembled when I clicked on the message. I needn’t have been so freaked – she loved it. In fact, she said she got so caught up in the writing she forgot she was supposed to be editing! I opened the attachment to see how deep the shredding went. My editor is thorough, I’ll give her that – but it wasn’t that bad. I skimmed her changes and suggestions, and found I pretty much agreed with each one. I was thrilled to see some scenes made her laugh and I even surprised her with a couple of plot twists!
What a relief! Discovering my editor and I were on the same page in terms of where we want the book to go completely vanquished the fears spawned by the arrival of the email.
I have work to do on the manuscript, there’s no getting around that, but I also realized I actually wrote a book that’s going to be published. And that’s pretty damn cool.