Got some final notes from the copyeditor today. Nothing major, just little niggly things. “Who does this ‘him’ refer to?” Little inconsistencies. It took me an hour to fix and send back. This makes me wonder, “Was that it? Did we catch everything?” One of my biggest fears, at this point at least, is getting that final printed book and finding something that makes me do a head slap. How did we miss that? It’s totally going to throw the reader out of the groove. Shit! Fail! We writers can get paranoid like that.
Honestly though, I really don’t worry too much about it. You can’t. Stressing over things like this can give you an ulcer or make you ill. At some point you have to trust the process and be willing to just let it go and say, “This is as good as I can make at this point in time.” Because you could likely read through your story every month from here to eternity and find something in it to make better. The reason? Time changes things. Perspective on things changes, new ideas develop, and the writing skills develop. You can’t help but see it differently. This is why it’s good to let a manuscript sit for awhile before going back to edit it if you can afford the time to do so.
Anyway, it’s important to remember to breathe once in a while, take a deep breath, and just let things go with the flow. You’ve got pros in your corner helping you out who want success as much as you do. Trust that things will work out the way they’re suppose to. I am.
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