I am currently working through Human Resources for the last time.
This is, of course, untrue. There is no way in hell that it’ll be the last time I go through the manuscript, armed with a future list of corrections and clarifications and just a general sense of must-do-better-ness.
But it is the last time I’ll go through it before I send it off to my editor. I have no more to give – I’ve got my beta-reader’s feedback and, though I don’t feel able to address some of the larger points in the root-and-branch manner I should, this is one final pass to kill a few typos and to add a little bit of explanation where it’s needed.
This novel has dragged on for years. It has been through many different sets of clothes. Now it may not be perfect but I’m happy with its overall shape, the pose of the mannequin; and it’s time to dispatch it to my publisher in the hope that – while they too might not think it’s perfect – they can see enough good in it for it to be accepted.
It’s not a done thing. I’m talking about ‘my’ editor but I have no contract, no guarantees. This could easily die a death.
But there comes a point when one must draw a line under a project, bite the metaphorical bullet and move on with life.
I believe Human Resources is good enough to be published. But the journey won’t be over when I send it out into the scary world of editordom. Now…
- The editor will read it and make notes
- They might send it back to be to altered even if they want to sign it
- It may go to a structural editor who will suggest changes
- It will go to a copy-editor who will suggest changes
- It will be proofread and there may be changes
So the work’s not done, not by a long shot.
But I can do no more. I console myself thus:
- The novel is good enough to be published in its current form
- It can be made better
- I will be proud to see it released
- It will not be a disappointment to those who liked the first novel
I believe in what I’ve done. I wish the road had been easier; I’ve found so much angst, so many hair-pulling moments through the process.
Now I have just another 130 pages to edit, then one more quick pass, and I’ll be done.
The last time until the next.