A few updates on CREEP

Hey.  Let's take a break from obsessing about the current WIP and talk about the book that's actually getting published.  (Poor little CREEP.  I didn't mean to neglect you, but the new baby needed lots of attention.)

I finally received my editorial notes last week.  Mind you, I'm not sure if you can even call it that.  I've been reading about authors receiving giant, complicated editorial letters that took them weeks to get through, but my manuscript came back with only 15 or so tiny little things to fix.  A repeated phrase here and there, a few things that needed more emphasis, that type of thing.  I was genuinely surprised!  It only took me about 90 minutes to make sure everything was perfect (and it probably would have taken no more than an hour had I not been so anal), and then I emailed the manuscript back to my editor.  I'm told this fulfills the "delivery and acceptance" part of my contract, so I can expect my second check from S&S fairly soon.  Woo hoo!

Then a couple of days ago I wrote my Dedication and Acknowledgments pages.  Holy moly, was this ever hard!  It's not easy to think up different ways to thank people without sounding totally repetitive.  Took me a whole afternoon to write a few really short paragraphs and get the wording just right. 

I also got confirmation that the book will be available in Canada.  I was kinda worried about this – you just never know how it's going to be marketed, and what a bummer it would have been if my family and long-time friends weren't able to head over to the local bookstore and get a copy.  But that's not going to be the case!  This news made me really happy.

My editor also mentioned the possibility of there being a reading guide at the back of my book.  I don't know if this is going to happen for sure, but HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE!  My book could be a book club book!  Imagine that!  She said the book has a lot of interesting issues (like sex addiction) that could make for some thoughtful discussions.

Not sure what's next in the process, but I'll bet it'll be just as exciting – and fun! – as everything else has been up to this point.  Honestly, I think it has a lot to do with my editor and agent.  They're both really supportive and really positive.

Everyone should be so lucky.

23 comments:

  1. I am so excited for you. Only that few corrections? You're a champ. I will be buying an eBook of CREEP if it's available. Love my Kindle. Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. Sometimes I fear I am singing to an empty house. May CREEP be a bestseller, Roland

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  2. Hello fellow WA resident. You're my first follower from WA, that's exciting.

    15 fix-its WOW! That is really impressive.

    I will be looking for CREEP as well. Always looking for a new book and to help support someone local. Congrats on your book. And the new MS--no matter what state of repair it's in.

    Thanks for stoping by my blog today.

    J

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  3. Funny that I just AUTOMATICALLY assumed that CREEP would be available in Canada. It didn't even dawn on me that there could even be a possibility that I may not be able to purchase a copy here. But now that it's ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY confirmed --- WOO-HOO! :)

    I'm just so happy for you Jenny! You deserve this! Keep it up!

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  4. Wow Jen! Seriously, you are pretty lucky. I was just reading the other day over at a published author's blog that they got back their editorial comments in the form of 10 pages, single spaced with a space b/t paras. And this is the third book in a trilogy! (the first two are already out) She also said it was very typical so that means yours is not and that you did a great job first round! You go girl with your bad ass self :-) I'm very excited for you and YAY for it being available and YAY for a second check!!! That's what I'm talkin' bout.

    BTW, call me thick, but what's a reading guide in terms of a published thriller book? As in it will have topic that can be discussed in school? Highschool? College? Whatever the case sounds pretty important and damn cool!

    Melanie...not the cuz :-)

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  5. I meant to say YAY for it being available in CANADA...I know how very important that must be to you.

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  6. Congrats! You've got good news coming out your ears. :-)

    You must be soooo excited!

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  7. How exciting! Congratulations! What a dream come true - and so few edits. Amazing.

    BTW, thanks for coming by the blog. Your telegram was great. :)

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  8. Wow! What fantastic news all around. Congrats!!

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  9. Kudos again! I can imagine it was a pleasant diversion from your WIP, and subsequently fulfilling that you are sending your creation off to the big show!

    Only 15 minute corrections? Book Club offers? A flight on Air Force One (call it artistic license)?! Hold on to your hats, folks, we may be dealing with a household name here! Watch out!

    G3

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  10. Holy crap! That is so exciting! I'm in complete awe of you, totally. A.Mazing. Congratulations again. It's really neat to read about the progress Creep is making.

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  11. That's great news. My edits were a bit more, but way better than I had anticipated. Totally do able.

    and, a reading guide would be amazing. kudos for the good work!

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  12. Yay for editorial notes! How exciting! Excellent news, congratulations!

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  13. How cool to be a reading book book! Congrats on getting it published in Canada too. AND congrats on just a few edits that is really impressive.

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  14. Sweet! I'm glad that everything is going well with it. It must be a great feeling to know that since you are finished with final edits that now you just have to bite your nails and wait for it to be in print and on the bookshelf.

    That is such a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations!!

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  15. Wow, only that many edits? Your writing must be fantastic. :D And congratulations on being published in Canada!

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  16. Only 15? Very cool. I sure do like the way you share each step of your journey with us. I'm learning MUCHO along the way. I guess "stalking" has its advantages.

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  17. Thanks for the support, guys! It's much, much appreciated.

    The book went through 7 revisions before I queried and another 2 (including a line edit) with my agent, so I'm really happy to see that all that work resulted in a pretty clean manuscript (though of course it felt like I was obsessing).

    I'm glad you all stopped by :)

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  18. This is great news! As I slog my way through my own revisions before attempting to seek representation, I can't even imagine writing acknowledgements and a dedication.

    Congratulations on your planned release. I can't wait to read Creep.

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  19. I love reading your updates! Since I am still trying to get an agent, it's cool to get a sneak peek of what kinds of stuff could be in my future... hopefully sooner rather than later. That's awesome that your revisions were so easy. And about Creep being available in Canada!

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  20. How exciting - on only having a few corrections, on it being available in Canada, on your next check! Great news on all fronts!

    You always make me laugh - "Poor little CREEP" - HA!

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  21. Wow, that's just incredible. I love hearing these inside stories on the publishing process. (I have to live vicariously through other writers until I achieve my own success!)

    Great blog you have!

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