Sunday, 17 July 2011

At which point do you become an author?

Is it when the book is commissioned? When it is actually published? Or when you type the last word?

I hope it's the latter because it certainly feels significant. I'm cock-a-hoop and have been since about 9pm last night when I finished writing Blogging For Happiness. With a huge sigh and a glass of Champagne it was done. I've sent it off to the publisher today and will shortly begin the unseemly grapple with my aged printer to get a hard copy the editor wants too. 

I suspect that I'm basking in the glorious sunlit meadow of a book's life history. It's the bit where the hard work is finished, but all hopes and possibilities are still alive. I am enjoying it. Let's see how I feel after the editor has had a look at it. 

Now I can start to pay attention to all the wonderful supportive people who have been ignored during the last few weeks, starting with the Panther of News and the Boys. I can start the reclamation process in the unruly place we live - it used to be a home and it will be once again. And I can begin gradually luring Boy Three back from the feral beastie he became. 

What an interesting couple of weeks it has been. I've learned that the only way I can really get on is to get off the web. The discovery of macfreedom.com was a turning point. The purchase of a laptop stand means I don't automatically get a sore neck, thanks to SuperSister for her sage advice.

I learned that getting over the 2000 word hump is a bit of an issue with each chapter. In future - ha - there will be more shorter chapters. 

Oh and deadlines. I already knew I couldn't do anything much without one, but I now know I need to get into gear considerably sooner when the project is about 50 times the size of my usual ones. Probably I need to allow 50 times longer.


It's amazing how how quickly your standards slip when you have already got considerably more work than you can fit into a reasonable working day and then the toddler contracts chicken pox. I confirm he did request and get ice cream for breakfast one day. 


Anyhow, I can't hang around basking too long. All the other stuff that usually takes up all of my time and energy has been waiting patiently for my attention. 

9 comments:

  1. Ice cream for breakfast? Can I come and live with you, please? Hope he's feeling better. And again, congratulations on finishing the book xxx

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  2. Of course you can. There is no limit to the number of people I can feed ice cream to and then largely ignore. x

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  3. For me that point was the second we agreed the book deal. Made it feel real (in the most surreal way possible!) The fact I had only written 9,000 of the 60,000 words at that stage was a trifling detail... I was still, very definitely, an author (a title I cannot ever imagine tiring of!)

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  4. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading your book. Sounds interesting. Sorry haven't got round to maxi dress post yet, been dead busy and er, on holiday in Cornwall.

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  5. You are now an author, make my supper. I want pie

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  6. congratulations! i hope that you enjoyed that celebratory glass (or two?) of bubbles... you deserve it!

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  7. What's the difference between a writer and an author (don't worry, I can guess).

    You must be so pleased with your 4th baby! Congratulations, can't wait to read it.

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  8. oh well done Ellen, what a brilliant milestone to make

    My house is also falling apart as I concentrate on book stuff. Only trouble is, it wasn't that great to begin with!

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  9. Congratulations Ellen! Must be a fantastic feeling.

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