“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I am steeped in editing. My eyes and brain are fried by day’s end, which, as writers, you know is a fabulous feeling. I think the thing that has surprised me most about this time around, is not just the expertise of my editor Brenda Copeland (my agent, Jason Yarn, also has an adept editing hand) but the mindset that goes along with this round of revisions.
This is the final frontier — the changes I make are the ones that will end up on the shelf and in the e-readers. This version of my novel will determine how I am perceived, the first impression that I’ll make on the public as a published author of a debut novel. It’s daunting, and it should be. I feel a responsibility to readers to deliver a well-written, engaging, heartwarming and entertaining story. I feel a responsibility to myself to make the book better than I ever thought I could. I feel a responsibility to my editor and agent to do them proud because they put themselves on the line — for me. As overwhelming as it all can be, it’s also exhilarating and I’m just at the forefront of what’s to come. And I am so totally up for every last bit of it.
The chance to publish traditionally has not only allowed me to reach a lifetime goal, but the whole experience has gently pushed me to new goals.
To pull from Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote above, I’ve been in enough hot water in my life to know how strong I am, and that would be — very. But this hot water of publishing — is different. It’s soothing. I’m not being tested against my will or without my consent, the hot water is validating. That in itself is motivating — and makes me stronger. A different kind of stronger.
Thanks for sticking around for all the author-goodness here at Women’s Fiction Writers and for sharing my journey so far.
I think I need to go rest my eyes, and have a cup of tea. Oh hell, I don’t like tea. I’m having ice cream.
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