by Toni L.P. Kelner / Leigh Perry
Any writer will tell you that there are some days that it sucks to be a writer. Some days the words won't come no matter how long you glare at the screen, and some days, that short story you thought was pefect for a particular market get rejected by that very market. Some days the reviews on your latest book are all negative, and some days you find out that your numbers, whether sell-through percentage, preorders, or sales figures, are lousy. Some days you stare at the phone, waiting to find out if your agent likes your new proposal, and some days you refresh your email every three minutes in hopes that your editor will tell you what she thinks of the manuscript you just turned in.
Today was not one of those days.
Tonight at nine-fourteen PM, Eastern Standard time, I finished the revisions on my latest novel and at nine-fifteen PM, I sent it off to my agent and editor.
That made today a glory day.
Oh, there are other glory days to savor: release days, glowing reviews, big sales numbers, and so on. But those are good days for an author. Finishing a manuscript is the best day for a writer. Flipping through the manuscript, feeling satisfied that it's good work, and pushing that SEND button. These are the days that keep me writing.
Of course, I know there may be more edits and definitely copy edits, but I don't have to think about those today.
I can just be happy, and maybe dance around the house. Because today is one of the good days.
Assuming that my editor agrees that the manuscript is finished, The Skeleton Takes a Bow will be published by Berkley Prime Crime in September. That will be a good day, too.