My wonderful editor Becky Zins sent me the proof pages for Voice of the Trees, whoa, it makes me feel like a "real" writer! Now, keep in mind my friends, I know, I've been getting paid to be a writer since 2007 when I first submitted an article to Llewellyn for publication and I've been writing articles for them every single year since, and have even written articles for trade magazines and copy-writing for my day job. The official rule is, if you receive money to do it, you're a professional. Yes, I've seen my work in print and in the bookstore, which is a really cool feeling, but to see this whole manuscript all laid out with the illustrations in place, elegant titles, and especially the page with all the legal info, well, it brings this project to a whole new level of real! After all, it's my first frikkin' book, and I think the writing bug has bitten me!
So is it a daunting task? Partly yes, but mostly no. It's been awhile since I wrote it so it's fun to revisit it again, and Becky was my dream editor so I'm honored to work with her and actually looking forward to digging into her notes and tweaking the book. You can learn so much from a good editor! The good news is, it's not an overwhelming amount of edits, so I guess that means I did alright, and every author has edits.
So the press date is June 1, so I have to give this project my immediate attention. I'll be a busy gal, sounds like pizza for dinner this weekend guys!