May 4: Yesterday I met with a police detective who had read my new book, STOLEN CHILDREN, for me. I asked him to make sure I had depicted the police investigation accurately. He suggested only two minor changes, which I made, and today I put the book in the mail.
I always have mixed feelings when I finish a new book. I’m glad to have it on its way but also sad not to have it here to work on. Revision is my favorite part of the writing process. My least favorite part is starting a new story, which is what I will need to do now.
In my early years as a writer, mailing a manuscript launched me into weeks of anxiety as I waited to hear whether my work would be accepted or returned. I am fortunate that I don’t have to wonder if this book will be accepted. It was sold several months ago to Dutton Children’s Books, on the basis of a proposal. Even so, I will be a little nervous until I hear from my agent (to whom I sent it) and then from my editor, telling me that they like it.