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The Long Road to Publication, living the cliche

They’re coming! Caffeinated Press, my publisher (I have a publisher!), says that I should expect first-pass edits by Friday, September 23. I’m excited. I don’t know that I’ve ever been eager to read what’s wrong with my writing, but I’m having trouble thinking of anything else today.

I’ve heard from other writers — in person, on blogs, and in books — that the road to publication is long, and uphill both ways, and now I’m confirming the cliche. I finished my oft-revised manuscript of Tell Wind and Fire about a year ago, after starting it five years before that. Early in 2016 (my email sent-file says February 17th), I queried Caffeinated Press (in part because I loved their name). Three months later, in May, they confirmed their interest in my novel, a sympathetic portrait of A Tale of Two Cities‘ Madame Defarge.

The timing seemed perfect. As a teacher, with a summer ahead, I was ready to get started on revisions. But, the road to publication is long. May ended and June began. Caffeinated Press needed time to revise the contract. July came and went. And then, in August, the contract signing was complete! I even received an advance check on future royalties! (So far, cashing the check proved the quickest part of the publishing process.)

And now, in less than a week, my editor (I have an editor!) will send “first-pass edits.” I never heard the term “first-pass edits,” but it implies subsequent pass edits. Second-pass edits, third, twelfth?

The road to publication is long, and uphill both ways, but, oh, what a journey!

One comment on “The Long Road to Publication, living the cliche

  1. Bonnie
    September 19, 2016

    w00t!!!
    You Go Girl!!

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