Time to put the finishing touches on a new nonfiction picture book. This is the one I mentioned last week that I’ve rewritten at the suggestion of an editor. No promises to publish; just an expression of interest.
Should I have changed this manuscript so drastically after only one editor saw it? Hard to say. Since I’ve been reworking this, three other editors turned down the original version. That helps me think I’ve done the right thing. I could send my revision to my agent this morning and probably will. Unless I decide to change it again.
In my experience, giving a manuscript that “last and final look” is a crucial point in developing a book. I think I’m almost done, but danger always lurks. What if I don’t like this after all? What if I pull at a loose thread and the whole thing starts unraveling? It can and does happen. Just when I think I’m about to share my work in the marketplace, some deep fault becomes exposed at the last minute.
I’m about to refill my cup, take a breath, and read this slowly, carefully, critically. The world won’t care if this ever gets published, but I will.