Last Friday I submitted my manuscript to my editor and with the click of the “send” button, my book was no longer in my hands. I began writing in the book in the summer of 2017 and finished up this fall. I did share it with three friends who read it over and gave me great feedback, but I still had time to work with it and shape it and get it the way I wanted.
Now it is out of my hands. *gulp*
My editor contacted me today to say that she will have it read by December 10 and then I will have until January 3 to read her comments and make any changes she is suggesting. The release date of the book is June 18, 2019, so there is no time to waste! We still have a lot of work to do to have the book ready to go by June.
Some writers resist this “give and take” with the editor, but I am looking forward to it. I have self-published four books and I have written a Doctor of Ministry dissertation all without the assistance of an editor. I’m excited about working with an editor on this project, because I think it will make my writing stronger, making for a better book at the end of the day.
I can take the criticism. I don’t take it personally. As a goal-oriented person (enneagram type 3) my focus is the book and I want it to be the best it can be. The feedback from my editor will help me shore up some weaknesses and point out some blind spots that helps me reach the goal…publishing this book. Once we work through these changes then it goes through multiple rounds of copy editing, we have to secure endorsers, figure out who is writing the forward, then lay it out. Whew! Lots to do.
I can’t wait to share this book with you! I am continually asked by people for discipleship resources that root discipleship in the ancient practices of the faith, the kind of discipleship that flows from the gospel, one that is built on solid theology. By the Way is going to be that kind of book. It describes following Jesus as a lived practice without giving into the consumer-driven desire for a “practical” faith. It has a theological framework without all the confusing theological terms.
And the last chapter….ohmygosh…the last chapter. It may be the best thing I have ever written. It may be the best synthesis of writing something that flows from BOTH my heart and my head. It is on the subject of justice and I can’t wait for you to read it.
Thanks for following me on this journey.