This is a witty, true post about how it feels to receive comments from a structural editor. Number 16 must surely be “deal with copy edits and hangover at same time…” but Louise Jensen of Fabricating Fiction makes 15 good points here, do read and learn. Cheers!
- My structural edits have arrived. I don’t think I’m strong enough to cope. Pour a glass of wine.
- Open the email, skim through the notes. Feel lightheaded and slightly sick. Close email. Drink more wine.
- Take a deep breath and read editor’s notes properly. The changes are enormous. Hyperventilate. I can’t do this.
- Pull myself together. Remind myself I am LUCKY to be in this position. Open the document. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH RED? There are track changes EVERYWHERE.
- Outrage – this will RUIN my book. RUIN it.
- Google self-publishing.
- Go shopping – can’t possibly edit until I have more highlighters/post-its/notebooks/chocolate.
- Make a list. Lists are good. Lists make everything manageable.
- Pull the book apart and piece it back together.
- Read manuscript – realise editor was actually right all along and the changes ARE an improvement.
- Email manuscript back to editor. Collapse on the sofa. Hurrah. It…
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