With this month’s topic on unseen changes, I’ve been pondering on what specifically to write about. I considered talking about my experience when I was agented and on submission. I’d expected that getting an agent was the hardest part of publication. I thought that once you got an agent, your book was going to sell. And, to my shock and disappointment…it did not. That would be a good definition of “unseen challenges and obstacles”. In my mind, the agent was the guaranteed step to publication. I learned, the hard way, that it was not.
Fast forward to now. My book is sold, without an agent even, and I am waiting for my changes from my editor. I’m fully expecting “unseen challenges and obstacles” when I get back my notes. And, though I am excited about digging into it again and making it better, I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous. This is my first editorial edit (though I did have a few rewrite and resubmit from editors in the past).
For those of you who’ve done this already, how did it go for you? Did you have lots of unseen obstacles you had to get over after you got your initial edits back? Would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.