You Are My Only, the galleys read through

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have, as readers of this blog know, a bad case of avoidance when it comes to reading my own published or nearly-published work through, and I'm especially anxious once galleys arrive.  Is my book what I think a book should be?  Does it represent a step forward? Is it original and new?  I need to know, and I'm afraid to find out.  A writer requires distance, and courage.

And so, these past many months—through corporate projects and student papers, through the finishing of another novel and the start of a memoir—the galleys of You Are My Only have been sitting here, awaiting my attention.  When you get the time, I kept telling myself.  When you are ready.

This morning I made myself ready.  I sat, and I did not move.  I stayed with Sophie and Joey, with Emmy and Autumn, and I read all the way through.

I emerge at peace.

Thank you, Amy Rennert, Laura Geringer, and Team Egmont USA.

8 comments:

bermudaonion said...

If you emerged at peace, the book must be good!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I cannot wait to read this.

Susan Taylor Brown said...

I am so excited to read this one! (As I am by every new Beth Kephart book.)

Lilian Nattel said...

I'm so glad you felt good about it. You are so generous with your work.

Amy said...

Congratulations! I glad you read it through and I'm sure Sophie and Joey and Emmy and Autumn were happy to "see" you.

Beth Kephart said...

thank you, all of you... :) I still have time before I have to worry about what the critics might think.

Beth F said...

I'm so happy that you felt at peace with the galleys. What a relief and what a great feeling.

Becca said...

Ahh, I'm so happy you're happy :)

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