penmage: (editing like an editor)
I have spent the past four days working feverishly on a 500 page manuscript. It’s excellent, don’t get me wrong, but it also came in late, and Editor D is going on vacation starting today at noon and not coming back for a week, so he wanted to get our editorial letter out today.

So I had to get my notes to him this morning.

I have been working on it like crazy. I have spent hours on it. I have worked on it on my commute, both ways, three days in a row, and last night I went to sleep at 2am because I was working on it, and I even took my laptop to work with me today so I could work on the train.

I worked and worked and worked, and then I worked for another 45 minutes when I got in this morning, and then my notes were done. All twelve pages of them.

I worked REALLY hard on this manuscript. And it's really good, so it was a joy, but it was also a lot. It was an intense editorial process.

Today, Editor D sent out the editorial letter to the author. And he said,

I am cutting and pasting N’s overall notes here as her questions are good ones for you to think about as you revise.

All of the overall points (and a lot of the line edits) are taken from my notes. On a big book by one of our important authors.

And Editor D attributed them to me.

Now I feel awesome.

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