Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Getting closer to Back Again to Me

Yesterday, the interior of my seventh book/first novel was sent to me to download and proof. I'm finding some proofing errors, but that's fixable little stuff. The big stuff is that putting out fiction feels so much more self-revelatory than publishing nonfiction. With nonfiction, people may take issue with your facts, your conclusions, even your style, but with fiction, if they hate the book, it feels as if they are taking issue with your very own soul (so far, no one has hated it, but I'm bracing for the day). Although this book isn't autobiographical in any way, it is something that came out of my imagination and my heart--not my research or someone else's research, and somehow sending this book into the world feels a lot more scary. Also a lot more exciting. It won't be long now.

12 comments:

Bruce said...

Gretchen-I admire your courage and look forward to reading the book. My own efforts at finding the perfect strategy for getting The Baby Boom Delusion into circulation have been slowed due to a elective surgery hiatus. Soon, however, I plan to get back on the case and, with luck, need your editorial services. The Obama administration is taking on many of the issues that I address in the book so there is updating to be done to keep up with events on the ground.

gretchen said...

Hi, Bruce:

Feel better! And isn't there always updating? Everything moves so fast today, things seem to be out of date before they're out of the computer. Exciting, but occasionally discouraging, too.

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