The Quiet

The blank quietness on this blog makes me sad. It just shows how much my brain has been clogged these past weeks (months? has it been months?). I don’t want to say that I made a mistake spending this whole year doing all this ghostwriting, but maybe I made a teensy-tiny mistake? No point arguing over what’s done because, as you may know, it’s soon over. Today was a decent day. It’s Halloween, which is decent in itself—and I didn’t even eat candy corn!—but also I saw that my YA manuscript was transmitted to copyediting. That means it’s officially accepted. It’s done. No more revisions, at least by me, and soon enough I will be paid. I’m sure the copy editor will appreciate my thorough knowledge of Chicago style and proper usage of serial commas. Or not. Either way, it’s out of my ghostly hands and into the world and that’s nice.

I have two more revises due now on other projects, my last two. One imminently—in fact, they expect it tomorrow (they won’t get it tomorrow)—and one November 15. Can it be? Can November 15 be the day I am really and truly done?

Also, for that revision, I am working with a wonderful editor. She actually wrote this to me in an email, can you imagine?

Please take a look and let me know what you think. If you disagree with my comments or edits, please don’t hesitate to tell me so. Ultimately, this is your book and it should read as you want it to.

I never hear that. I am told to do things and I do them, blindly (kicking and screaming only to myself). One of my revises is like that. I want to stick a fork in my eye when I work on it. I might do that tomorrow, in fact, over coffee. So to hear those magic words above, “ultimately, this is your book” and “it should read as you want it to”—my, maybe that’s what real writers hear when they write real books. I want to kiss her.


  1. That’s such a great note from the editor–it’s that kind of attitude in anything that can make a job easier, more rewarding. I think people sometimes underestimate those kinds of kindnesses (or at least I assume since they seem to be so rare in all different kinds of situations). So yay for that!

  2. Yeah, it seems like such a simple thing to say, but I really did appreciate it.

    I’m used to editors who:

    1) Make sloppy, scribbled, hurried comments during staff meetings that (to me) show how little they respect me as a writer. (And then TELL ME they read it during a meeting and don’t really remember what comments they wrote, which is supposed to make me feel better?)
    2) Just don’t respond when I send in the revision, like at all. Don’t respond to questions. Don’t respond unless cornered. The only way I know the editor likes the manuscript is when the assistant tells me.
    3) Rewrite a story (terribly) to the point where I wonder why they just didn’t assign the project to themselves.

    I guess my experience with editors hasn’t been that great. Out of the five I’ve worked with directly, there are at least two that I have vowed to never work with again. And I really am not that difficult of a person. I’m flexible, I’m open to changes, I want to work to make something better…

    It’s depressing. Maybe it’s just how freelancers are normally handled?

    When I worked in editorial myself, I:
    1) Always took the time to read the thing I was commenting on.
    2) Always responded to the writers I worked with.
    3) Never rewrote their stories, especially without their knowledge!

    Oh well.

  3. Finally, another person who knows the serial comma. Two days ago, I began suspecting I’m losing my mind. I know the serial comma has to be used but everywhere I look, it’s being omitted! P.S I don’t really know why I feel I just have to use the serial comma. Mustav picked it up somewhere between grammar school and writing 101. I’ve absolutely no idea of the Chicago style.

    Anyway, nice blog!

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