Barbara David

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First Pass Edits

Last week an email from the publisher said that Friday, or soon after, the First Pass Edits would arrive. One more week of waiting.

Thursday I started round-the-clock email checks.

Friday, I increased my diligence.

I knew that it didn’t matter if I read the email upon arrival. I knew that no one expected, or wanted my immediate response. I knew that the email would be there once it was sent, whether I just focused on schoolwork, family, and laundry, or on my iPhone. I chose the phone. On Friday, I knew about every weather update (“hot and dry”) the second Fox 19’s meteorologist hit send. I learned what Everything But the House had up for auction, and next week’s sale items at GFS. School newsletters, travel press releases, and more hot and dry weather. Then, at 2:12 PM, my editor wrote.

I opened the email. I was ready for whatever a first pass edit might be. I expected attachments or a lengthy note. But this was short. A few lines. It said she’d finished another read-through and would send the notes Friday evening, or by Saturday, noon.

By Friday evening, did she mean 2:15 PM? 3:15 PM? 3:30? She didn’t, but I kept checking. And checking. I went through the motions of dinner, and laundry, and school work, but I kept checking. I read a chapter in a writing book about how to deal with conflict when a writer disagrees with an editor. I highlighted passages. And kept checking. And rereading the email for clues, hidden messages. But there weren’t any.

I finally went to bed, checked one more time before nodding off, and fell asleep. Meanwhile, my manuscript was apparently keeping my editor awake. Her email came in well before noon. It’s time stamped 1:51 AM.

Saturday morning, I woke, and found first pass edits in my email. Basically, these consist of a kind note, an attachment that details a few issues needing attention, and my manuscript with comments in the track changes column.

So, that’s it. Now, it’s up to me. I have 6-8 weeks to revise and resend. And I’m fairly sure my editor won’t be checking her email incessantly for my response.

One comment on “First Pass Edits

  1. Bonnie
    September 27, 2016

    Sending good vibes your way! You go girl; you’ve got this! 🙂

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