Sep. 26th, 2013

radegund: (poitiers)
This week I'm working through the first round of copyedits on my novel. Oh em gee.

Thing is, I've waited half my life - at least - for this experience. "My first novel arrives back from the copyeditor" is for me, in the Girlish Dreams stakes, somewhat akin to "man of my dreams goes down on one knee and produces polished rock".

(For the record, I didn't do that latter dream. The actual man of my dreams, viz. [livejournal.com profile] niallm, proposed morridge to me on his two feet, while I was brushing my teeth ... so my first response was to spit. This is not to denigrate anyone else's Girlish Dreams, but simply to emphasise the relative importance of the copyediting thing.)

This is the first round of edits, which aim to clean it up enough to go out in advance of the Frankfurt Book Fair. And that's another squee: I remember my father going to the Frankfurt Book Fair in around 1980 - it was clearly an occasion of unparalleled glitz. Apparently nobody reads books at the fair, don'tcha know, so it needs to be ready in advance.

Deadline on Friday.

Word by word...

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