Dusting off my high school French here to let you know “It’s done!”
WISH YOU WERE EYRE is finished! And shipped off to Alexandra, my charming editor, who will soon be rolling up her sleeves and diving in (and, I hope, enjoying what I’ve cooked up).
For those of you who are curious as to what happens next, once Alexandra has had a chance to read the draft and mull it over, she’ll then get back to me with what’s called an “editorial letter.” I LOVE receiving editorial letters — this means we’re about to get to my favorite part of the writing process: REVISION!
Anyway, the editorial letter contains all of her feedback and ideas about the book — the good, the bad, and (occasionally) the ugly. (Actually, I’ve been very fortunate in my publishing career so far, as there hasn’t been much ugly.) She’ll praise what deserves to be praised (and let’s face it, we writers LIVE for praise ha ha), poke holes in what deserves to have holes poked in it, make suggestions and comments, and help me brainstorm about bits that are raggedy around the edges or otherwise need work. And then it’s my job to dive back in and wave my magic wand and make the story sing.
Which is what I love to do.
So now, while I’m waiting for Alexandra’s feedback, I get to catch up on: sleep, housework, fan mail, exercise, visiting with family and friends, playing with my dogs, movies I’ve missed, books that have been stacking up, and more sleep. All the things that fall by the wayside when I’m on deadline…
Ciao for niao!