Hey guys….look what I made! I received the first advance copy of my book, actually a few weeks back, but it felt irreverant to post about good news then when so many were worried about coronovirus. But maybe now it’s time for a little pick-me-up, so here it is: It turns out that publishing a book, raising a toddler and maintaining sanity are mutually exclusive activities and that chocolate biscuits are a legitimate form of sustenance when writing at 4am. But it also turns out that receiving your own book in the post is an unrivalled feeling! It’s a day I’ve dreamt of for years and I can barely believe it’s true. I couldn’t stop turning it over in my hands and marvelling at its beauty.
Lots of people had asked about the process and I had great plans of starting a blog and posting regular updates along the way but it turns out that was (wildly) unrealistic.
So now that the book is finished, here’s an action montage instead. Please note this isn’t how my actual book reads, it has proper sentences, and not even one action montage.
Sept: Receive next round of edits from my editor; have to move house unexpectedly, use up writing time packing and unpacking. Feel a bit stressed but excited and confident.
Wk 1 Oct: Theo gets pneumonia, writing in daytimes difficult as Theo can’t go to daycare. Writing in evenings when Theo’s asleep impossible, mainly as Theo barely ever asleep. Theo’s sleep compounded by illness. In desperation, antibiotic syrup is disguised in ice cream and strawberry Quik, resulting in full consumption and sleeping toddler. One edited paragraph later, feel smug about success of combining author and mum role, then spend remainder of evening scraping pink vomit off bed, carpet and child instead of writing.
Oct/Nov: Above scenario but with gastro/slapped cheek virus/ hours of bellowing for undiscernible reasons instead of sleep. Edits done in wee hours of morning. Suspect being author could cause nervous breakdown, regret whole idea.
Dec: Finish edits! Fist pump myself for being done with editing forever. Email off edited book.
Jan: Editor sends next round of edits that I misinterpreted as someone else’s role.
Jan/Feb: Work on edits in library while Theo in creche, daycare, with various beloved family members or babysitters.
Feb: Marketing discussions. Front picture design discussions. Back jacket blurb discussions. Cover finalised.
Day of deadline for proof-reading changes: Theo looks sick again, can’t go to library creche. Work on final edits next to Theo, who lies down for five minutes and makes miracle recovery. Email off final copy with Theo sitting on my shoulders, playing bongos on my head.
Editor receives copy, later replies to say book is now off to printers, everything done. Cry a little bit, mainly as blood caffeine far exceeds RDI and celebratory chocolate not available.
March: Advance copy arrives. Feels so fantastic to see and hold my book, don’t regret even one minute of it (Disclaimer: not entirely true). Start writing next book.
Wishing you all good health and good spirits until next time.