>Win a copy of Writer MamaPosted: March 25, 2009
I don’t usually do this kind of thing, but for my friend Christina Katz, I am participating in her Writer Mama giveaway tour. She is going from blog to blog, writing a continuing story and asking a question at the end. A winner will be chosen from among those who respond for a free copy of the Writer Mama book, which I can assure you is worth reading. I’ve gotten a lot out of my copy and I don’t have kids, just dogs and a husband. Anybody who has real-life obligations or distractions can use the advice Katz offers. I hereby yield the podium to Christina.
The Writer Mama Two-Year Anniversary Blog Tour Giveaway!
Post #26: The Responsive Rewriting Phase
Now that you have celebrated the completion of your full book draft, it’s time to get back to work. You’ve still got a ways to go before your book goes to press. Your biggest challenge from this day forward is detaching from your role as creator and shifting gears into shepherding your book into the world.
From here on out, you are no longer in the creating phase. You are either beginning or part way through the editing phase (depending on how your editor handled the process). So be prepared to make changes to your manuscript at a moment’s notice. And be prepared to work in harmony with your editor and book production team.
Whatever you do, don’t hope for zero edits to your manuscript. This attitude is not realistic or helpful to your future readers. You’ve come this far and you don’t want to drop your pen, when a request for your time occurs. Upon closer inspection of your manuscript, you will very likely discover that the editorial suggestion makes good sense from the reader’s point of view.
Realize that if you don’t receive a request for changes, it doesn’t necessarily mean that what you turned in so far is perfect. Rather it likely means that the time for editorial improvements is over and there is no longer a time budget for further improvements. I think we have all read traditionally published books that could have benefited from more substantial editing. Do you best to make sure your book isn’t one of them.
If you want to have the maximum time for edits at this juncture, hit your deadlines with the very best full drafts you can manage, so you will get the most out of your opportunity to work with an editor. What you and your editor are working on is to get your manuscript into strong enough shape that it can be sent to the copy editor. Once the copyeditor has reviewed it, you will have an opportunity to go over and respond to her suggested changes.
After you receive the marked up manuscript from the copyeditor, you’ll want to respond quickly to requests for a manuscript review, correction, or re-ordering. If delays (yours or theirs) have occurred in the book production process, you will likely feel them most at this juncture, and the requests for your time may come with an expectedly quick turnaround.
Don’t balk. Try and increasingly step back from your writing process and view your book as something separate from yourself. Of course, since not much time has passed since you drafted your book, you probably won’t have much distance from it, so expect to dig deep to find the detachment you’ll need. When the writing and rewriting is complete, your book will start to come into clearer focus as something independent from you.
Today’s Book Drawing: To enter to win a signed, numbered copy of Writer Mama, answer the following question in this blog’s comments:
I know that I’ve already discussed rewriting, but how much rewriting do you think you can stand? Will you be ready at a moment’s notice to jump in and make improvements to your manuscript?
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Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids by Christina Katz (Writer’s Digest Books 2007)
Kids change your life, but they don’t necessarily have to end your career. Stay-at-home moms will love this handy guide to rearing a successful writing career while raising their children. The busy mom’s guide to writing life, this book gives stay-at-moms the encouragement and advice they need including everything from getting started and finding ideas to actually finding time to do the work – something not easy to do with the pitter-patter of little feet. With advice on how to network and form a a business, this nurturing guide covers everything a writer mama needs to succeed at her second job. Christina Katz is also the author of the newly released Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform (Writer’s Digest Books 2008).