Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Guess What?

Don't worry, I'm not going to play twenty questions with you. The first Guess What is because I've gotten a few inquiries about my tummy issues. My doctor is back from vacation. Puerta Vallarta, thank you very much. I saw him Monday and he had a very nice tan. Anyway, after a brief conversation he scheduled me to come in Thursday for an abdominal scan. And he told me to get a colonoscopy. Yikes! Since asking me to get the colonoscopy, my stomach has been feeling much better... Really... No, seriously. Okay, okay, I will schedule a colonoscopy.

Guess what number two... I'm not finished with the book yet. I got an email from my editor today that the manuscript will arrive back at my door tomorrow for me to respond to copy editor notes (in black pencil), production editor notes (in red pencil) and her own editorial notes (in blue pencil). Wow. Who knew being an author involved so many editorial notes. But I love being a YA author, so bring it on! Stay tuned and I will let you know how I fare in the note process.

This is the fourth time the manuscript has found it's way back to me. I'm in the middle of writing my third novel, and my first novel keeps coming back. I should write a book about that, huh? It would definitely be a horror story--with a touch of humor.

That's it for now. Sleep tight, don't let the zombies bite.


  1. If you don't mind my asking, when did you begin the publishing process? You said that you've got ten months until the big release, but how many months ago did you finish polishing your manuscript and decide, "Hey, I should try and get someone besides my mom to read this"?

  2. This is the short version of a long answer. I wrote the book in 2006. Finished it that November. I got lucky and sold it in May of 2007. The looong editing process began. It was probably so long for me because it was my first, and I was green. I finished the final polish in October of 2008. I don't know if it's true for everyone, but the book changed a lot... and yes, it got better.

    I know I am lucky to have such a quick response in selling my first book, but I am still surprised at how slow things move. But hey, I'm nine whole months and two weeks away. Yay! :)