Getting a revised version from an author makes me giddy.
It’s like Christmas and my birthday, all rolled into one.
I’m sitting here, staring at the revised version of Erekos. Its author sent it to me two whole days ago, and I’ve just been sitting here, staring at it, ever since.
It’s not that I’m afraid to open it. Far from it, actually.
It’s that I’m savouring the anticipation. It’s like a gorgeously wrapped present, sitting on the table before me, with a big, fluffy Martha Stewart bow on top. I just know there’s something amazing inside – of course there is, it was a great manuscript to start with – but I don’t know just how amazing, and it practically gives me shivers to think about getting to read what she’s done with the few minor suggestions I passed along.
I know, I know, it’s silly – I should open it up, read the major rewritten section, and then get down to doing another editing run on the whole thing so that the manuscript can move on to the next phase of the publishing process.
But really, I just want to sit here and ogle my lovely present some more.
Speaking of the next phase of the publishing process, it’s dawned on me that a lot of writers don’t actually know what happens once they submit a manuscript for consideration, let alone what happens after one is accepted and moves into the editorial and design process. So I’m planning to do a series of posts describing all of this, in the hopes of making the publishing process as clear and transparent as possible, for everyone (whether involved or simply curious).
Are there any parts of the publishing process that you’re particularly mystified by? Anything you want explained? Comment, and I’ll make sure to tackle it in an upcoming post!