After weeks of frantic effort, I returned my revised manuscript for Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road to the publisher a day before its July 1st deadline. And now I wait.
I’m learning that in publishing there are deadlines and there are dead times.
I met the deadline of providing the publisher a revised manuscript. As I wrote a few weeks ago, it is significantly reduced in word count now. I also removed more of my bugaboos: overly complicated sentences, passive verbs, and randomly placed commas.
Now I enter a summer dead time. The next hard deadline comes in September, a month out of the book’s soft launch. That is when I must sign off on the galley version of the book. Everything that happens in between–their additional edits to the manuscript and my follow-up edits, the design and acceptance of a cover, etc.–occurs when it works for the publisher. After all, I’m not their only author.
So perhaps I will make use of this time to work on a marketing plan for Committed, which right now exists more in my head than in reality. Oh, and maybe I’ll find some time for generative writing on a completely unrelated project. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.
Is there anything in your life right now that has you hurrying up to wait?
Oh, and in completely unrelated news, registration for my next online Loft Literary course “Becoming a Standout Blogger” is now open. The six-week course begins October 13th, and the early registration discount is good until August 22nd. Tell your friends!