January’s half over…

Can you believe it??? And I haven’t posted anything in a couple of weeks!! (One of my goals is to post on a more regular basis!!) It’s been a busy month! I received my editor, Emily’s comments, and I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but this is our first book together. My former editor, Sarah Durand, left Avon for a position at Simon and Schuster. To be honest, I experienced a bit of a panic when she left!! We worked really well together, and although I was happy to see a woman of her talents move ahead in the world, my first lament was “what about me??” lol. Yeah, pretty selfish!! However, Emily has ably stepped into Sarah’s shoes, and I’m looking forward to working with her on other books. BUT first I have to get this edit done!!

What’s an edited manuscript like? Well, since I’ve only worked with Avon, I don’t know how it is with other publishing houses, but in my case, Sarah, and now Emily, have been very thorough! They find holes in the plot, change all those pesky dangling participles, and put the commas where they’re supposed to be, not where I think they should be!! They make those comments and corrections on the pages in blue. And right now, I figure I owe them at least one box of new pencils to replace all the ones they’ve used up on my manuscripts!!

But you know…every time they’ve been right! They have one goal—to make the book better, to make it more satisfying to the readers. And when I’m going through the edited manuscript and reading their comments, in addition to a little embarrassment over the fact that I can’t use above mentioned commas correctly to save my life, I always have those “slap myself on the forehead; why didn’t I think of that?” moments. The way I see it…I’m really lucky that I’ve had two editors who are invested enough in the series to spend so much time going through the manuscript line by line. And they’re busy women—I’m not their only author—I know from our emails that they do a lot of this “stuff” on the weekends when they’re supposed to be having fun!

So when you read Ophelia and Abby, it’s not just my creation. Sarah and Emily have both put their stamp on the series. And I, for one, am very grateful!!!

That’s it for now—take care and have a good one!

Best,
Shirley

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