I received the first set of edits for my manuscript, “Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero” this week. I’ve been waiting with baited breath for these edits, not entirely sure what to expect.
I had hoped that, with the number of times I’ve actually read and revised the story, it would need minimal changes. Let’s call that my optimistic self getting involved in the whole publishing process.
Then there was the more pessimistic side of me that hoped (yes, I said “hoped”) that my editor, Robert Runte (gee it feels good to be able to say that), would request some changes. That hope largely stemmed from conversations he and I had over the course of the “When Words Collide” conference. I knew he was the guy to take me to the next level.
Now that I’ve seen the requested changes, I’m even more confident that the book will be great. I just didn’t expect the number of edits.
There are several small things that will be pretty straight-forward to fix. Then there will be others that need more extensive rewriting. Those are a bit more intimidating, but encouraging at the same time.
All of it points to a lot of work but, at the same time, a great final product. Now I just have to dig in and get it done.
I’ll keep you posted on the whole process.