Ever put so much work into something that when you are done, you feel a sense of relief? That is how I felt when I turned in my latest manuscript into Boss Bean. And not the rough draft, but the final draft. There is something so satisfying when you finish up a project you have worked so hard on. I know it must seem so easy. Just copy and paste my old blogs into a word document and BOOM! Book done. Unfortunately, that is no how it works. I wish it was, but nope. Let me give you a little glimpse of how it really works.
Yes, I do some copy and pasting of my old blogs to a word document. But that is not all of it. I also write originals for the books, the tips, and I have to re-read and perfect the blog posts I already wrote. This takes quite a bit of time and I even start hating every single word I have written. Once I have everything written, I then send it off to Boss Bean, who sends it off to my editor. This is where it got different for me this time. I have a new editor and he is amazeballs! First off, he does not normally read my stuff, so he was the perfect person to edit it all. Second, he is British. Which, proved to be somewhat challenging in itself. Why? Because he did not always understand all of my cultural references, or Americana, as he called it. Hmmmm. I guess I never thought about the fact that my readers across the pond might not understand everything I talk about. After the manuscript gets turned into your editor, you wait. Waiting is the hardest part.
And then…the email appeared. Let me tell you something about editors. Editors are like teachers. Imagine turning in to your teacher a paper you have written, that you have worked on for a long time, slaved over even, and thinking it was the bomb paper. Then, you get the paper back from the teacher and it looks like a murder scene has taken place on the paper, there is so much red pen everywhere. I mean, did you even write a paper? This is what it is like for an author every time you get your first draft back from your editor. Want to know what that feels like? It feels like crap. Total crap. You sit there, looking at all the comments in the margins, all the red marks throughout your writing, and you feel like total crap. You might even want to give up at this point. I know I did. But instead, I read the corrections, I made some, chose to ignore others, and took the time to explain the Americana references. One thing my editor really did for me which I am super glad for: he made my grammar so much better! I feel like a super duper smarty pants now that I speak good. Also, I apparently use the term “for reals” a lot. For reals.
The next step is the most exciting, My editor formatted the new book and changed it up! You guys, I have to tell you how excited I am about this book. It looks different, it feels different, and it will appeal to a lot more people who might not have discovered me. I cannot wait to see it in my hands. I have seen the proofs but to see it in print is a whole different monster. I am more proud of this book than the others because it really is better. My writing is better and my grammar is quite British….just kidding. I hope you guys like it as much as I do. In the mean time, I shall tease you with this cute graphic that the author Sara Ney made for me (it pays to have other author friends). Feel free to share this around!
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did however show you how painful of a process writing a book can be, but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl with a British editor who made me speak gooder Running. The experiment continues….