Monday, 21 November 2011

WHIPPED INTO SHAPE


My editor is sending through final edits for the novel this week. It’s early on in our professional relationship, but already I’m delighted with the input she’s had. Her passion for the book (which she must now know almost as well as I do) has been both heartening and inspirational, and I’ve agreed with almost every editorial tweak suggested so far.

As artists, writers especially, we beaver away in solitude for such long periods, sculpting, we hope, something of worth, immersed utterly in the book’s demands, obsessed by the story and its composition, that it feels strange to then share the last part of the process with another person. We’re not talking about equal collaboration here, but even so a passage of negotiation must usually be entered, often with writer and editor owning disparate visions of the final book. I imagine writers’ creative sensibilities and egos are stretched, as opinions differ, compromises sought, feet stamped.

But so far, it’s been nothing but rewarding, watching the novel strengthened with a few deft and knowing strokes.

3 comments:

A. J. Ashworth said...

Exciting! But you've still not told us who is going to publish you!!

Carol Rifka Brunt said...

Congratulations, Tom! Just a shout out from another Dartmoor writer with a book coming in 2012. Mine's Tell the Wolves I'm Home coming out with Macmillan in the UK and Random House in the US. Just this week finished final copyediting tweaks. Best of luck with the editing.

TOM VOWLER said...

Just emailed you Andrea. Will announce soonest, promise.

Hi Carol. Thanks for popping by. So many writers live on Dartmoor. We should start some sort of group! Good luck with the novel; come back and tell us about it some time.