Monday, June 23, 2014
Pushing through the galley stage
Last Monday, I received the email I've been waiting on for a few months. The finished galley of my new book The Mulligan. The publisher gave me ten days to scour the work and find any errors in punctuation or spacing that might have occurred during the layout.
At first, I didn't want to open the attachment. I mean, here it is. My work in print form. Do I really want to read my whole book again and maybe find errors I can't change?
No one warned me what this stage in publication might be like. It's scary but exciting all at the same time. So I took a deep breath and opened it.
And probably like every other writer who has their first book coming out, I gasped as I read a sentence I couldn't change. Really? Did I really use that form of verb? Did I really mean to say it that way?
Of course, as I continued to read and email all my friends who already have been published with books, I calmed down. What is. . . is. I had to remember that my book has undergone major editing by others than me.
So I read on. And yes, I'll admit, I cried in two different places. Not because I hated the writing but because of the story. Dumb maybe but it gave me peace.
It's taken me seven years to get to this stage of my dream. But I'm here and learning as I go. That's what being a writer is all about. The celebrations and the discouragements.
Are you pushing on in your walk as a writer? What are you celebrating today?