Going to Copy Editing–How Do You Measure A Year?

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Line edits are in.  And even better, I feel great about the book.  As I warned my editor and agent, I’m sure it won’t be long before I have my head stuck in a barf bag, completely convinced that I’ve written crap.  But today I’m pretty darn sure that I’ve created something beautiful–something that I’m proud to give to the world.

As my manuscript heads off to copy editing, I wave like a mom sending her kid off on the school bus for the first time.  Watching it go, I can’t help but think of where it has been.  One year ago I was 2 weeks away from resending the newly revised version back to Michelle Wolfson.  I had no idea what she would think of it.  I must have been nervous, but all I can remember was the excitement and wonder.  I day dreamed of what my future might hold.

Fast forward one year later and I have the agent and I have the editor that I dreamed about.  I’m approximately one year away from having Touching the Surface be a book–525,600 minutes to be exact.  But how do I measure a year?

I measure mine by the anticipation, by how many of those 525,000 journeys excite me.  The prize isn’t at the end–the gift is the present.  Don’t rent your life–own it!

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  1. Yay, you! Hang onto that feeling! 🙂

  2. Always keep smiling! You're an author now:)


  3. Wow…I'm the author now. That is a darn good reason to smile. :o) Love you guys!

  4. Enjoy every second of the anticipation. I can't wait to see what your novel has become. I can't wait to tell people that I knew her when. 🙂

  5. That is so wonderful Kim! What an accomplishment! Congratulations Author Kimberly Sabatini. I loved reading your blog and I feel the same about Season of love from Rent, so uplifting. Enjoy and savor the time leading up to your publishing and book release. Feel it in your soul when you hold that printed copy in your hands 🙂 Many Blessings~

  6. Thank you so much. Just gonna give you a (((hug))).

  7. Copy editing. My friend David once said of copy editors "They force you to stare into the abyss of your own incompetence before the public does." Ha! I SOOO felt that way when I got my first copy edits back. Like – wow, did I really mess up the days of the week and the character's class schedule and how many days had passed and on and on and on.

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