Edits from your publishers can be an exciting development in the life of an author. The fact that a book is closer to getting published is more real as the edits are a crucial stage in the getting the final product ready to launch into the world. It’s also the first time that someone else has gone over your story and the underlying prose in great detail. It can be daunting to see your work picked apart.
After signing the contract, the big job is getting your edits in on time. Usually the contract specifies a time allowed for edits or if you are lucky your editor looks at the schedule and gives you a bit more time. My edits arrived yesterday and as yet I haven’t had a chance to look at more than the first page. The panic hasn’t quite hit me yet. Tonight I have to got to night class so I won’t be home until late. I do get the feeling though that my life has to rearrange itself so I can get the edits done. Until I do a read through I’m not going to know whether they will take up days and days or I’ll be able to breeze through them. And I’m going to the ARRA awards in Sydney on Saturday so I won’t get a full day at them until the weekend after. Oh and now I look at my calendar and I’ve booked myself into a workshop!
I shall go away now and contemplate my life and my need to do edits.