Eye of the beholder

A few weeks ago, we sent our baby out into the cold, cruel world. No, not Patric, I’m talking about the baby we like. (And besides, Patric doesn’t start school until Monday.) No, I am talking about the manuscript for our first book. After three years of gestation, we have to wait another month or so to see if other folks think our baby is ugly.

It’s not as bad as it sounds. No one is going to say that our baby is walleyed or anything like that. Instead, they will say things like “it needs to stand up straighter” or “it mumbles too much.” Those are criticisms that we can work with.

To be a bit less metaphorical would be to say that our manuscript is in the hands of two readers who will give feedback to us and to our editor. I am looking forward to hearing the feedback. We went through a similar process when we were pitching the book to the good folks at UNC Press. Two outside readers gave us feedback on our proposals that, along with excellent suggestions from our editor, helped us get off to a good start on the manuscript.

With that good start and with all the hard work we’ve put in, I know this is going to be great.

Man, I hope they don’t say our baby is ugly.

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