Tuesday, August 12, 2008

One Life Goal Down... Six Million to Go

I finally wrote the perfect book.

Okay, that's perhaps a SMALL exaggeration, so let me explain. Despite the changes in the publishing industry, I've always been edited. Normally, a couple of months after I turn in a book, I get an editorial letter of some sort requesting revisions. These letters are e-mails, actually, and can be anywhere from twelve to three pages (single spaced). I get two months to revise the book and then it goes to the copy-editing stage, etc., etc., until finally the book hits the shelves.

For every book I've ever written, I've always gotten a revision letter. Even though sometimes the changes are "small," they usually involve changing plot or character or other rather substantive things.

I got an email from my editor yesterday, and I thought, "Okay, here we go. Let's see what needs doing this time." Turns out nothing! Well, okay, I actually forgot to fill in a couple of "fill in later" spots, but we decided we could do that during the copy-editing stage.


I can't really explain why this makes me feel so elated. I mean, it's not really like I've written a *perfect* book. But, I really loved writing DEAD IF I DO and I'm really proud that my "first" pass (really, of course, the result of several drafts) was accepted.

Maybe I'm just excited to get to skip one of the usual steps, because it means less work for this self-indulgent, lazy writer.

Whee! Video games here I come.


Michael Damian Thomas said...

Hooray! That's awesome!

Now you have more time to read comics. :)

Kelly Swails said...

Congrats! That is cool. Does this mean you've arrived? :)

lydamorehouse said...

Argh, comics! Don't remind me, Michael. There's probably a huge pile waiting at Dreamhaven.

And, as for arrival, Kelly X... who can say? I can only hope!

(Lyda for Tate)

MariAdkins said...

Congrats. :)