Well, I sent back the final approval for Be With Us last night. Luckily for me, there weren’t too many changes for me to approve.
In a way, that book has been like my baby. At the beginning of this process, I was excited, ready to take on anything my characters would throw at me. They grew inside my mind, taking on a life of their own. Of course, there were days I was absolutely sick of them.
As things progressed and I sent Be With Us out into the world, I was nervous. What would happen if no one wanted my work? What would happen if they did want my work? Would I have time to do everything getting a book published demanded? But it was far too late to turn back.
When I got that acceptance letter, it was almost euphoric. I wanted to laugh and cry and shout. I thought, like any new parent, that things would be easy from here on out.
Then the real work started. Editors critiquing your piece is like a well-meaning stranger giving you parenting advice. Except, in my case, everything the editor told me was correct! There were sleepless nights and early mornings and by last night, I couldn’t wait to send off my manuscript, almost like I was sending my child off to college.
It has been quite a journey. Let’s hope parenting my real children isn’t quite as hard!