Galleys to Edit and Readers to Thank
I am in the process of editing my galleys for my debut novel The Billionaire’s Bauble. At first, I felt thrilled my editor had so few suggestions for revision: that means my novel is close to “correct” as it stands. Good for me!
But the more I read it, the more I wonder about word choices, flow, pacing, characterization… I adore the book, but as a writer, it’s hard to say “ready!” I tend to want to make sure each word is the best word, each phrase is the most evocative, each paragraph has the right emotional punch.
I am just a few days away from having to return the book to my editor as finished. Gulp. The novel will be done, ready to be read, a life, an entity in and of itself. And like I felt about my first child, I want it to be loved, honored, enjoyed, and respected.
I never expected to care so much. I never thought Sloane and David would become a part of my soul, but they have. As I set them free to live in the minds and hearts of my readers, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is I wish them a happy life.
Their happily ever after depends on my readers now. Thank you if you are someone who reads their story and loves them like I do. Sloane and David are lucky to have you, and I am, too.