The first edits of a debut novel

The first edits of a debut novel October 4, 2019

I’m filled with terror.
Terror-filled.
Terrified.
The edits are progressing.
I’ve lost track of when the publisher, Immortal Works,  returned my manuscript for the first round of edits.

But I only have 30-45 days to return it.
When the publisher is investing time, money, and effort into your debut novel, here’s what you don’t want to do: Make the publisher mad.
The publisher is expanding rapidly, and will publish the debut novels of a bunch of writers next year. I want to be the author who was easy to work with. I don’t want to cause trouble.
For updates about my novel, please follow my author Facebook page
To read more about the book, visit the webpage Faith, Hope, and Baseball: A Novel.
After reviewing the edits of my manuscript, I now know why authors acknowledge editors on the acknowledgment page. Because editors do a lot. Or at least my editor has. (Honestly, I was still shocked the publisher wanted to publish it in the first place. With so many edits, I’m surprised they still do.)
My editor and I have written a charming, unique romance about an Amish teenager who has the opportunity to play professional baseball.
After thinking about and making revisions, as I mentioned, I have in fact lost track of when the edits are due to the publisher. (In my defense, an e-mail mentioned a different date than what’s on the contract I read thoroughly. But either way, it’s not enough time to do all the work that needs to be done.)
My first book came back from the publisher as “un-publishable,” which was a threat they would take back the advance that I had long since spent. I had to make a lot of revisions, twice, before they would accept it. (It’s difficult to write about American history at a level appropriate for 12 year-olds.)
So, the thought in the back of my mind is: don’t be difficult to work with and work fast, while you’re living the rest of your life.
The novel is set in the year 2020. It’s fortuitous, or ominous, depending on your point of view, that it is scheduled to be published in June 2020.


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