Arriving back home from a reporting trip, I was delighted to find a FedEx package from Riverhead with my manuscript in it.
To extrapolate from the previous three drafts: I seem to turn around a new draft in one month, then to wait for three months to receive it back from my editor with comments.
This time, both processes might go faster: There are far fewer comments in the margins than in previous rounds.
But there will be one change:
I will finally bow to the pressure of the market (letting no side, neither the artistic nor the commercial, “win”, as Ed Catmull might say). I will drop my resistance and add a concluding chapter with …. lessons.