16 Sep My Sassy Child
After the contract is signed, the next step is to send the manuscript to the press. I have a month to go through it page by page, looking for typos and grammar mistakes. I read through the ms again and again. I enlist my hubby and two daughters to read it also. The most common mistake I find is in the tense. A misspelled word here and there. A period missing. A capitalization that should or should not be. I have spelled a few Dutch words incorrectly. I print it out and read it again. I cross out and change little things. Print again.
By the time I am done, I have reread my book a dozen times and have gone through a ream of paper.
I print out a copy and tie it up with some colorful yarn. After a dozen years of work on this puppy I can hardly send it off without some sort of fanfare!
I put the manuscript in an envelope and blow it a kiss. I know it is silly, but I send off each of my essays and stories with a kiss. I wonder if other authors have a routine, a high-five, a blessing of sorts: Go out into the world, find your home. I hand the package over to the post mistress and imagine it winking at me, like a sassy child, on her way out into the big wide world.