I know things here have been on the quieter side throughout February. That was partially due to me getting sick and then visiting with family. But it’s also due to an amazing opportunity I’ve taken advantage of.
One of my favorite authors also does freelance editing. And this year, she opened up a few spots. She offers an in-depth review of a full manuscript, and I was lucky enough to get one of the spots. So I’ve been frantically making revisions to Nova’s Test in order to get it to the author/editor by the beginning of March.
This is such an exciting and terrifying opportunity for me. So I’ve been trying to keep a few things in mind.
- My story is not bad. In fact, I’d even say it’s good. It’s not perfect, but that’s ok.
- Other opinions will only make it better. Getting constructive feedback on a project that you’ve poured yourself into can be hard. You don’t want to hear people say there’s anything wrong, or missing, or not quite as good as it could be. But that’s what it needs. I’m so close to this that I can’t be objective. And since I know it’s not perfect, I need an outside opinion to make it better.
- Just because it needs to be better doesn’t mean it’s not good now. Yes, this is maybe circling back to point one, but it’s worth repeating. Just because it can be improved doesn’t mean it’s bad.
- At some point, you just have to let go. I could work on this story for the rest of my life and never be satisfied. I have to learn to let go and be happy with what it is, not what it could be.
- Publishing a book is a highly collaborative process. I know that – I’m a part of it on the editorial side of things. In my job, I’m only one of several editors to work on a single book. And that’s not counting the author and any readers or editors they use before sending it to us. So, as an author, I have to learn to be ok with other people having input on my work.
So, all this to say, exciting things are in the works, and I’ll be back on schedule for the rest of this month.