Tip of the Day: Buy Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter granola bars. They’re yummy.
Right in the middle of my horrible rotten last week and the drama that ensued from it, my copyedits arrived. I took the package from the nice UPS guy, said thanks, and pitched them into my office. Where they then sat for DAYS. I just didn’t have the heart to open them. Not that I really knew what was going to be in them or anything—I mean the book seemed pretty much done to me after all the rounds of edits/line edits. But just on the off chance that it was going to be something drastic and make me cry—I couldn’t do it. Yet. Until I realized that time was passing and if I didn’t open them soon I’d only have a week left to do them. I had the suck it up pep talk with myself and finally ripped open the package—peeking through just one narrowed eye (yeah, I’m lame like that. I also cross my fingers for luck and knock on wood so bad stuff doesn’t happen).
And…here it is.
ACK! It’s all marked up again! How oh how does that keep happening? Just when you think they’ve found every little mistake there are MORE! Sigh.
Oh wait. Maybe it isn’t SO bad. It isn’t really marked up again…just the last round marked up MORE.
Ok. I’m totally cool with it now—I’m actually feeling very revisionally experienced. (And apparently grammatically challenged). It doesn’t seem nearly as daunting as the first couple of passes. It might even be fun (am I reaching here?) I think I can swing it. Now I kinda want to work on them. My only prob is I need to get it done and finding time with a newborn and three little ones is an interesting trick these days. I think Grandma needs a phone call.
I am now confident that this copyedit thing will be a breeze and it puts me one step closer to the final product. And the super cool thing about them is with so many people putting such a huge effort into my book I feel like the end result will be AWESOME. So yay for that! Wish me luck…
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub