Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Back to Work

Yesterday I had trouble tugging my mail out of the box. That was because it contained a huge envelope with my novel in it. My editor had mailed me her edits. I wasn't expecting that because I'm used to working by e-mail. But it was a fantastic surprise.

Her hand-written comments had an immediacy that the e-mail version, though convenient, lacks. She has written squiggles, arrows and smiley faces. I love it. I can see her changing moods, and know what delighted her and where she felt confued or cheated. It got me to thinking this was probably exactly how Maxwell Perkins communicated with Faulkner and Fitzgerald.

We writers are so dependant on good and demanding editors. My editor at Wild Rose Press, Kathy Cottrell, knows my strengths and weaknesses. And she's not shy about letting me know what sections felt rushed or 'too told.' I'm so grateful. Did I mention that I have a lot of work to do? Yup, there was something to change, expand or elaborate on in nearly every page. So I'm back to work and loving every minute of it.

5 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

How exciting, Kathy!

I'm just finishing up edits for a book and while it's hard work it's also very satisfying, isn't it? I look forward to reading another of your wonderful stories. Have fun with the squiggly lines and happy faces! :)

Hugs,
Sarita

margaret blake said...

I am so pleased that you are back at work, Kathy, it shows that Doug is feeling better, as are you.

Yup, having done three edits in a week (oh yes I am SO boring about this) I have to say I prefer the ones that come in the post!

For one thing, you don't have to sit at your computer and can lounge around, or go sit in the garden if the weather is good.

Dare I be rude and pause the question is it also an "age" thing, 'cos we are pen and paper girls from way back????

Lovely you back, Kathy,

Margaret.

margaret blake said...

Lovely to have you back - see what I mean, paper and pen and that never happens.

Luv Margaret.

Debbie Wallace said...

I love the editing part! I know most authors don't but I look forward to it because I know my book is going to be much better because of it.

WCP has some great editors!

How is hubby?

Debbie

Kathleen said...

Thanks, ladies. I love the editing too.