So another question I'm getting asked a lot lately is, "Are you really going to have a second novel published?"
I always have to take a deep breath before I answer, "Yes." Not that having had my first novel published as been a bad thing -- it's been great, and I'm really excited about the comments and reviews I've been getting. But publishing a novel in print is, for me at least, one of those major life events, right up there with marriage and childbirth and finding an Ivory Gull for my lifelist (don't laugh -- it was a big deal! February, 2010, Rouses Point, Vermont. I had a photo of it as my cell phone background for months.)
Anyway, it's been emotionally -- intense -- and I have to kind of do a mental brace every time I think about about diving into it again. I remember hearing a writer say once that the real work on a novel begins when you get the acceptance letter, and I kind of agree with that. Writing is fun. Going through professional edits and working through two sets of proof reader's comments, and filling out the forms that the artist uses to come up with the cover design, and writing the blurbs for the advertising and back cover (yes, I wrote those) and choosing an excerpt, and so on is fun, too, but in a more challenging way. If you're used to just going into your document and making any changes you want, whenever you want, it's hard to realize that you can't do that any longer. It's no longer your book, your words, in the same way it was back before you hit send with the word "Submission" in the subject line. After that moment, everything is different. All changes have to be tracked and okayed by somebody else. And you just go over it, and over it, and over it until you can't be sure you're reading and not reciting it any longer. Have I read it since I've gotten my copy? NO.
And yes, I'll be going through it all again for my second novel, which will becoming out sometime in 2012. Stay tuned for more info about that one. No, it's not a sequel. Maybe that will be my third novel. This is way too much fun to stop now.