Tuesday, January 11, 2011
You know how it is: You write a book because it is furied up inside you—molten and untouchable but ineluctable, too. You are the huntress. You're after something you don't quite understand, and you're going to win; you're going to conquer; in the process, you're going to get burned. You're going to make up words and fury nouns and add commas where you shouldn't. You're going to mix metaphors.
(It's like writing a blog, sort of, without the back-up support.)
Thankfully, then, there are agents like Amy Rennert who calm you down, and editors like Laura Geringer who ask questions, and a team like Egmont USA, which stands behind you, relieves you of you. One of the great gifts, in this process, is the gift of copyediting, which Egmont's Greg Ferguson and Nico Medina handle so well. This time, additionally, Egmont engaged a certain Hannah to read the pages of YOU ARE MY ONLY (due out next fall), and Hannah made sure, among other things, that I didn't have a certain character deciding to take the day off on the day that was already her day off, and that I didn't have the moon wane too quickly.
I've just now finished reading the book through, and can I say (would it be boasting?) how excited I am? I can't wait for this one to be on the shelves. I am so grateful to all of those who are helping it come to pass.