Holy pronoun, I wrote it!

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A book!

Bound with an ISBN number, available to the public  in a library

My agent:

  • commissioned the book
  • met with me, irregularly, to check progress
  • provided encouragement and suggestions to improve the process and book quality

My publisher:

  • provided strict regulations for binding, cover-cloth, font size and placement
  • specified the primary distribution method – library system
  • specified the minimum number of copies – 3

My printer:

  • a large Xerox machine in a University department
  • me, one copy a night across 3 nights

As author

  • It took 4 years of research and scribbling before I was ready to publish over 300 pages
  • I knew every sentence, every sketch, intimately
  • weeks after I’d deivered it to the publishers I’d rewrite sentences, paragraphs, and themes in my dreams

It was difficult to let go of this growing  intimate part of my life. I wanted to chuck it away and start writing again from scratch, I could do an infitnitely better job with all that I’d learned along the way. But I’d run out of money, I needed a job. The book was ‘good enough’. Good enough. hurumph. I wanted it to be special, unique, exceptional. More than good enough

Even when your book isn’t a PhD thesis, the agent a PhD superviser and the publisher a University, the experience of writing a book has strong similarities

Holy pronoun, I wrote it!
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4 bits of lovely banter on “Holy pronoun, I wrote it!”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    Bloody well done! Now you can help me with my toilet book.



  2. Bux writes:

    Bloody bloody well done! I’m struggling to write just a few sentences these days, let alone a whole book.

    PS: Scarls, your book sounds intriguing – is it a book about toilets, what one does in toilets…..or is it just a book you leave in your toilet for your guests to amuse themselves with whilst using the guest facilities??



  3. wendy writes:

    Oops, I didn’t mention that it’s 20 years since I finished the PhD. – worth celebrating the anniversary!
    Ms. S – thanks for publishing “Wendy’s Flush“, i wish I was! I’m already fermenting another short story from the sanitary…



  4. Bux writes:

    ahhhh no worries Wendy, I kind of guessed by the 1991 tag (perceptive me you know).

    I’m now off over to peruse ‘Wendy’s Flush’




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