by Susanne Dietze
Earlier this month, I received the galley edits for my first publication, novella Love's Reward in The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. The galley is a final proof of the book, laid out as it will appear in print (mine came electronically as a pdf file). Galley edits are the last chance an author has to change any little typos before the book is published.
Exciting times. Seeing the story like this, like a REAL BOOK, is enough to make me cry. It's gorgeous. It's real. It's big time.
|Coming May 1! Find it on Amazon.|
The answer to that last question, of course, is NO. This is the time to find missing apostrophes, not change the plot.
Oh man. I am the worst writer ever. I shouldn't even be allowed to write checks. Blah blah blah.
Time to get a grip, Self. If one of my friends came to me with these sorts of jitter-induced blatherings, I'd tell her this:
- This story was critiqued by capable, experienced, smart people.
- This story was edited by professional people.
- You need to take a deep breath, honey. You've got a good case of Pre-Publication Panic.
Which reminds me of what I wanted in the first place:
To write the stories God put on my heart, with the hope that someone out there is blessed, comforted, or encouraged by it. Just one person.
Because I've been that person before whose heart was blessed, comforted, encouraged, and, yep, even changed by a romance novel.
So there you have it. My imperfect offering. So I need to get over myself and let God do with it what He wills.
|Who is this guy? Why, he's Daniel Blair, the story's hero. And he looks nice in a tuxedo, yes?|
|Josie, our heroine, has so much on her mind as she bustles around San Francisco. Ooh, I like her little reticule.|
I should note that I received the galley of the entire book and oh my goodness, you all are in for a treat. The eight other stories in the collection look fantastic (our own Gina Welborn's story is adorable!). I haven't read every word of the other 8 stories because I've been spending time with Daniel and Josie, my characters, but I've peeked at them. And WOW!
Do you have an offering you're hesitant to give because it's not perfect?