Happy News on the Editing Front

It’s been a while since I’ve given a progress report on my publishing efforts. And I prefer to blog about more exciting topics that will drive reading and discussion.

But occasionally—and this is very important—stuff will actually happen to me. In real life.

When this occurs, it gives me an opportunity to talk about that strangest of all subjects: myself. And it turns out that this week has been one of those times.

So strap in, because I have some good news.

The First Run is Done

Not long ago, I put my publishing efforts on hold to get a professional edit of the book I have been shopping around to agents.

The editor I hired had another editor (and published author) do a first run. And I could hardly object. I figure two heads are better than one when it comes to editing. After the first run was completed, he would add his own edits to the manuscript.

And just this week I have received word that the first run has been completed. Even better, the first run editor really liked the book, and passed that information along to me through the other editor.

With the first run finished, the original editor now has time to dive in. And while I can’t say how long he will take, I am delighted that everything is moving forward.

Making Good on my Guarantee

I have suspended my querying efforts for the duration of the edits.

That’s just good sense. You wouldn’t want to formally query a book that is still being edited, for the same reason that you wouldn’t serve a dish that is still being cooked.

I forgot about flambé. Get off my case.

However, I have to note, with some amusement, how this has played into the slogan/guarantee I’ve been peddling ever since I first started querying the book in question.

Readers will remember the phrase, “If they read it, they will publish it.”

That’s my claim, and I’m sticking to it. I’ve been selling that book knowing its qualities, understanding that it deserved to be on the shelf with other great titles. And that this would be understood by anyone who read the thing from start to finish.

The trick, of course, was convincing people to give it that chance.

So, if nothing else, getting this edit will cause at least two people to entirely read my book who wouldn’t read it otherwise. And their involvement could prove instrumental into getting the book published. I have to smile knowing that my brave-faced prophecy may yet come to fruition.

If they read it, they will publish it. And they just might read it, now that it has undergone a professional edit.

It’s still a cutthroat market, and a universe of infinite possibilities, but I’m feeling a lot better about my chances now. I am committed to this project.

When I have even better news, you’ll read about it here.

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