Those of you who know me know that my second edits were due back to my editor on the 6th… and that I flew to Ireland on the 7th. Needless to say, I was a wee bit stressed towards the end of last week.
It was the latest blood-sweat-&-tears improvement of the book that sent me meditating on how much of this writing process I have needed, and continue to need, help with. (Aside: I just have to say, I LOVE MY EDITOR. The fantastic Stacey Barney at Putnam/Penguinhas made, and continues to make, GOLDEN BOY a better and better book. I have been pushed far beyond what I thought my ability was, and she works hard to incorporate my feedback on everything from plot twists to cover art.)
And that made me think of Harold Underdown’s excellent article What a Publisher Does.
So, today, that’s what I have for you: I hope you find it as eye-opening as I did. Kudos to all of you who self-published and are doing it all… and for all those of you out there who want an editor but don’t have one yet: stay hopeful! stay strong!
PS: Just for fun, here’s some help for any of you who were as mystified as I was about what “STET” means.