Never having published a book before, the entire process has been new and exciting for me! From finding an illustrator to reworking text, I thought this might be a good place to share some of my thoughts about it along the way. I will try to do so regularly from now on.
In the last couple of weeks, I have been reworking the text of the book. It has not been changed very much since I submitted my original manuscript and I was surprised by what an emotional task it turned out to be. Perhaps that’s because it is coupled with the last stages of my pregnancy, but perhaps it’s simply because I worked hard to make it my very best even before submitting it to Cedar Fort. After reading over the editor’s notes and suggestions however, and reworking phrasing and even scaling down certain sections, I am incredibly grateful for this part of the process. I can see know how much stronger my writing is and how I am being challenged in a way that has already helped me to grow as a writer.
I don’t think I’ll ever change my mind about my initial responses to constructive criticism, (even in college I was sensitive about feedback on my papers!) but I am learning that as I confront moments of weakness in my writing I can become that much more aware of my own pitfalls and hopefully avoid them in the future. This is a difficult process for me, but I believe it is truly helping me create something now that will be a more capable and worthy book to share with others when it is published.
Looking over what I have just written, I wonder sometimes about the level of seriousness with which I face this project, especially seeing as this is a children’s book, but I believe the message in it is so special and important, I can’t see approaching it any other way. I’m truly appreciative at this moment for those working with me who want to share it and make it the best it can be, especially those who are requiring me to carefully evaluate and examine what I have already completed.