My editor sent me two copies of my book this week: real, finished, hardcover copies, with the gorgeously formatted interior, and pretty dustjacket. I washed my hands before touching, handled them gingerly, and checked that they used the author photo I liked best. I admired the color of the book under the dustjacket, a lovely subtle blue that matches the cover illustration. I opened it to look at each of the faded Cambridge photos that mark a change in narrator. Then I closed it quickly. I wouldn’t, and won’t, look at the words.
There’s nothing I can do about them now. I’m convinced that if I read any of it, I’ll see something I want to change. My first thought for this week’s topic of “dialogue” was to compose some pithy writing advice and offer tasty samples from my book. But I’m not really up for that.
So, for your enjoyment, here are links to entertaining editor/publisher dialogue (and monologue) courtesy of anonymous blogging editor Moonrat:
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