It’s an OUT OF THE OFFICE Life Cycle of a Writer this week, but unlike our Ce, who was in an office on her out of the office day, our lovely Jan Brigden is out-out of the office.
If you peer into the dark, deep edits cave, you’ll see a twinkling light and you’ll hear the tappity tap of the keyboard.
Jan is in the midst of her first-ever edits, preparing her debut novel, As Weekends Go, for publication with Choc Lit.
Receiving your first editor’s report can be both scary and exciting. It’s not just about getting your head around the structural changes and rewrite, it’s about understanding the process, and learning the correct terminology, such as stet – a term used to request the retention of the original word or phrase, rather than use the suggested change. But, like the first day in a new job, once you’ve located your desk, the coffee machine and the rest room, everything else falls into place.
Jan is doing a fantastic job, and we’re sending supplies of cake and tea, delivered by pulley system so as not to disturb her, and enthusiastically, if quietly, waving our red and white pom-poms to cheer her on her way. When she leaves the edits cave, we’ll whip her straight down to the health spa for a much-needed dose of vitamin D and obligatory pampering.
It’s all part of the life cycle of a Romaniac writer … xx