- My structural edits have arrived. I don’t think I’m strong enough to cope. Pour a glass of wine.
- Open the email, skim through the notes. Feel lightheaded and slightly sick. Close email. Drink more wine.
- Take a deep breath and read editor’s notes properly. The changes are enormous. Hyperventilate. I can’t do this.
- Pull myself together. Remind myself I am LUCKY to be in this position. Open the document. WHY IS THERE SO MUCH RED? There are track changes EVERYWHERE.
- Outrage – this will RUIN my book. RUIN it.
- Google self-publishing.
- Go shopping – can’t possibly edit until I have more highlighters/post-its/notebooks/chocolate.
- Make a list. Lists are good. Lists make everything manageable.
- Pull the book apart and piece it back together.
- Read manuscript – realise editor was actually right all along and the changes ARE an improvement.
- Email manuscript back to editor. Collapse on the sofa. Hurrah. It is DONE!
- Remember there’s still the copy edits to go. Despair.
- Open more wine…
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