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The Book Is Done — Also, what should I do in Austin?

A few months ago, in a breathtaking display of naivete, I announced that I had finished writing the book. Yay!  The hard work was done!

I could not have been more wrong.  That was 8 drafts ago.  The work was just beginning.  It was a good lesson to learn, if a painstaking, grueling, but mostly enjoyable one.  Syllable by syllable, over and over and over.

On Monday I got an email from my editor that nearly made me scream with relief.

“I’m accepting your manuscript and sending it on to copyediting.”

What this means is: Stop writing and revising. It’s as good as we can make it. 

There are going to be some minor changes when I’m reading the copyedited manuscript, but the book is, for all intents and purposes, publishable.

Now copyediting will go over the manuscript to set it up for publication while I finally get a chance to take a breath and do other things. And look at myself in the mirror and say, “Oh, hey, aren’t you that author I keep hearing about?”

As I added up the many false starts, recreations, and chapters that ultimately just didn’t work, I wrote over 1200 pages to get to the 290-something that will be the actual text you will read.

It was worth it.  And now that I can look back at it, I have to say that I enjoyed climbing the mountain more than I like standing on top of it. Getting here gave me purpose.

Now, until touring, marketing, and promoting consume me next year, it’s time to go find another mountain.

Oh, and I’ll be speaking in Austin this weekend.  I’d love some suggestions as to what I should do while I’m there.

 

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  • Carly September 12, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Yay! Congrats. As for Austin:
    – Barton Springs
    – Check the Moody Theater (ACL venue) for concerts
    – Zilker Park if it’s nice out
    – Tex Mex (Maudie’s, Guerro’s)
    – Uchiko or Uchi

    • Josh Hanagarne September 12, 2012, 1:53 pm

      Fantastic, thank you. Janette’s howling for good Tex Mex, so she’ll be very happy you chimed in.

  • Spencer September 12, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Be sure to pick up a “Keep Austin Weird” bumper sticker/T-shirt. Not sure what all the fuss is about, but the movement has quite a following. (Also, don’t Google “Keep Austin Weird” at work).

    • Josh Hanagarne September 12, 2012, 6:40 pm

      Quite a following, eh? I’ll bring you a report.

  • bubba29 September 13, 2012, 10:08 am

    got to go to the Museum of Physical Culture at UT.

  • Jodi September 13, 2012, 2:09 pm

    No Austin recommendations, but YAYYYY on finishing the manuscript!

  • cinderkeys September 15, 2012, 5:26 pm

    Congratulations! I don’t know much about Austin, but I think you should spend it being pleased with your accomplishment. 🙂

  • Heather September 17, 2012, 6:44 am

    No Austin recs from me, either, but congratulations on the finishing of the book! Can’t wait to read it! So. . . pre-orders? Knidle version? iBook version? PDF?

    • Josh Hanagarne September 17, 2012, 1:21 pm

      Pre-orders will start early next year. I’ll be putting you on notice, count on it.