Draft IV of the manuscript is off…

I seem, magically, to be keeping the same exact rhythm, turning over each new draft of my manuscript in one month.

My publisher, Riverhead, sent me the last round of comments one month ago, and I just now emailed the new draft.

The actual re-write this time took me only a few days.

And the main objective was accomplished, I think: To come up, in the last chapter, with “lessons” from the lives in the book that are catchy, not at all corny and actually meaningful.

We’ll see what my editor says.

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8 thoughts on “Draft IV of the manuscript is off…

  1. I say congratulations with a beloved family anecdote, prompted by your use of a Roman numeral:

    My father taught American history. One of his students gave an oral presentation on that famous civil rights leader, Malcolm the Tenth.

    Congratulations.

  2. And to be encouraged by people who you would recognize on the street…

    I admire your ability to write quickly and be satisfied with the product.

    Let’s all have a big shout-out and hope your editor and Riverhead get this book out…Sorry for my impatience, but in a way, since I’ve been with you here from almost the beginning, I sometimes feel in a long arduous labor…you know me… and it isn’t even my book.

    What do we call this type of attachment?

    • “What do we call this type of attachment?”

      Touching.

      “Let’s all have a big shout-out and hope your editor and Riverhead get this book out.”

      Amen. I’m doing my best to display patience, a trait that does not come naturally to me. It helps that my editor’s perfectionism is the surest sign that he thinks this will be a bestseller and is determined to make it so. But as I exchange the odd comma for a semicolon I can’t help but glance at the calendar (annual view) and wonder whether we might not … already be in stores by now.

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