>Win a copy of Writer Mama

Dear friends,
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?

Thanks for participating! Only US residents, or folks with a US mailing address can participate in the drawing. Please only enter once per day.

Where will the drawing be tomorrow? Visit http://thewritermama.wordpress.com/ to continue reading the rest of the Writer Mama story throughout March 2009!

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).

13 Comments on “>Win a copy of Writer Mama”

  1. J.M.Cornwell says:

    >The drawing will be at Julie Steed’s Emerging Author

  2. >I really like your site and plan to check back in. I’m past the blog tour deadline so I won’t answer the question…I just wanted to say thank you for hosting such a great blog site.

  3. >I don’t think I’d mind the rewriting part of getting my book published. My concern is being able to achieve what the editor wants. When writing my book I don’t have anyone suggesting ideas on how to fashion it or what to do with it, so there is a lot of freedom in writing it. But I wonder what it will be like when I need to do something with parts of the book that others wish to see happen. Will I be able to produce what they want? Will my improvements match what they’re looking for? I hope so!(please don’t enter me in the pool; I won a free copy of Writer Mama earlier in her tour!)

  4. Suelick says:

    >There’s still time to answer the question and get into the drawing. We’re up till 11:59 PDT tonight, Thursday, March 26, so don’t be shy.

  5. katie says:

    >I *think* I could handle layer upon layer of rewriting. As I commented in another blog, I enjoy returning to a project and looking for ways to more clearly or succinctly say what I’m trying to say. (This is why blogging scared the ___ out of me for a long time!)Of course, you probably can’t fully prepare yourself for the feeling of being relentlessly told to edit, refine, rewrite, especially on something you’re really proud of. But, I guess I’d hope that I would see the potential in the editor’s comments and suggestions and realize the manuscript is evolving to be the best it can be.

  6. LuAnn says:

    >I’m also a freelance writer for newspapers, so I understand the rewriting part. I appreciate an editor’s comments and suggestions. I feel they help me improve my writing. But when the story begins to sound more like the editor wrote it, the rewrites need to end!

  7. >The key is to keep your emotions out of it. The editor is not suggesting that YOU are wrong. The editor is suggesting the way that your audience will best understand your ideas.There have been relatively few back and forth sessions on my book so far because the bulk of it is previously published material. For my next two books, I will be working with co-authors and then the publisher, so I expect a much more hands-on editorial cycle.

  8. Deb Simorte says:

    >I could handle quite a lot of rewriting and jump on it with short notice if necessary. I want to see the fabulous finished product in print! Sometimes it just takes someone else to suggest a change, and we see that it does improve the story.I’m also happy to discover all these wonderful bloggers through the Writer Mama Riffs. Good stuff.

  9. Mama K says:

    >I love rewriting as much as I love writing. It satisfies the perfectionist in me! If I—or anyone else—can find a way to improve what I’ve written, that’s great!

  10. Suelick says:

    >Jennifer Roland, you are the winner of the March 26 Writer Mama giveaway. Thank you for your insightful comment. Please e-mail me your e-mail and snail mail addresses privately at suelick@casco.net. Congratulations!

  11. >Yay! I sent you my info, Sue.

  12. >It doesn’t sound like anybody here is going to mind a few rewrite requests…and this is great news! Hope to see you through the last few days of the tour, everyone!Thanks again for hosting, Sue!

  13. >Today’s the last day of the blog tour and the hostess gifts are in! Come on over to Robin Mizell’s blog and chime in if you have time!And thanks again for hosting!

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