I received the first-round of edits back from my editor. Bless her soul; she really put a tremendous amount of effort into this. Not only is the original document marked up with numerous comments, she wrote a multiple-page commentary detailing the strong areas as well as the weak ones. To say the least, I am overwhelmed although not discouraged due to the tremendous cheerleading my editor continues to do on my behalf. After reading through everything, I put it aside to let my thoughts percolate.
After thinking about everything for a few days, I sat at my computer ready to tackle the challenge of all these edits. Taking it one section at a time, I was able to visualize in my mind’s eye where my editor wanted me to go; understanding the areas I had not made myself clear or was redundant. Once I made all of the requested changes, I re-read the entire proposal. Something didn’t feel right. My subconscious was nagging at me only I wasn’t sure why. Once again I set everything aside and let my mind rest.
To get my mind off of the task at hand, I went to a movie. The film told the story of an elderly man’s journey after losing his wife. It struck a chord in me so deep because parts echoed my own journey with my father’s illness this previous year (although thankfully no one died). As I returned home, I realized what was ‘wrong’ with my book proposal. Because I had to write a sample chapter out of the order of writing the actual book, I had written it directed to the reader just like I write articles. Nowhere was my voice telling my journey. And since this is a teaching memoire, my story needed to be there. Within an hour I had re-written the entire chapter; my soul was pleased.
Now that I am ready to send my revisions back to the editor for the second official round, I experience another nagging feeling. I’ve included parts that Hay House used in their book proposal sample given to me at their Writer’s Workshop but my editor does not use those same parts in her proposal template. Which one is correct? Is there a right and wrong? If I take out one section, does that mean I need to write another? I’m super confused and want to produce the absolute best possible proposal I can. So, now what do I do?
My editor comes to the rescue!! After a slew of emails she offers to have a phone conversation with me so we can talk through what direction we mutually feel is best to follow. I am so blessed that she is willing to give me this extra time and that she feels as vested in my project as I do. Together we will take a step back; looking at the big picture and then we’ll dissect the parts in order to ensure we include only the ones that lead us back to the overall final/big picture I am painting with my book.