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The Writing Life: Update on My Novel

So, I hadn't heard from my editor in a long time.

I signed the contract for my novel in the early part of May and then, nothing.

I wasn't too worried, because my friend who had his novel published by the same house said that happened with them.

But still, time passed and no word.

Meanwhile, my friend Dan, one of three people in my writing group to get a book contract this year, got his edits and sent them back to his editor.  And he got his novel accepted after me.

So I kept thinking I should write my editor.  But then I didn't.

I, um, procrastinated.

Because what if something was wrong?  What if they didn't like it after all?  What if they decided to back out of the contract?

I know, silly thoughts.  But maybe they weren't.  Because you never know.  Shit happens.

Finally, last week I screwed up my courage and wrote my editor.  She cheerily wrote back, saying edits would be done this week or next and not to worry--that there were no massive changes that would take a huge chunk of my time (another one of my worries).

When will I ever learn that most of the things I worry about are baseless?

Probably never.

Anyway, it looks like we're on track.  Or I should say, I'm on track, because my editor was never off-track.  I'll keep you informed about the editing process, as a matter of writerly interest, when it happens.

Meanwhile, do tell: do you worry about writing-related things (or non-writing-related things)?  How do you control your worries?

**Speaking of novels, I'm teaching a novel writing class starting August 14th.  You could join us if you wanted, and if you're interested, click here.

 

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