Well, for someone who aspires to be a writer, I don’t know what to say. My heart is very full. Friday afternoon, my editor sent me the PDF version of the proofs. My book is going to press on Monday!
I’ve spent the last 24 hours going over them looking for errors and making notes. At this point, the changes are limited only to correcting grammatical or punctuation errors, correcting any cut-and-paste mistakes and so on. The chances for revising and improving and tweaking are long gone. I’m having thoughts about the Final Judgment, which I will write about another time.
This is very a fraught moment for me. The first time I read a set of proofs a few weeks ago, I reacted a little like you do when you hear your voice recorded and you think, “Ugh—do I really sound like that?”
Having gone through it this last time, I find I like it much better. There are places I wish I could still tweak a bit, some possibly obnoxious use of adverbs, a more felicitious way to phrase something—but on the whole, I like this book.
Last time I read it, I was looking at it very clinically. This time I was drawn in again to the characters and their struggles and I remembered how much I love them. I know that sounds kind of silly, but I really do.
Now, it’s a lot of waiting. I’m told the cover will be finished soon and I am keenly and anxiously excited to see that. June 1st is seeming so far away.
Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement. I have been so grateful for your comments and emails. And, not just the comments. All of you that come by to my blog each week, thank you! Simply seeing you show up in the traffic report makes me feel good.
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