1) Would you sell your child?
2) Would you hand your child over to complete strangers?
3) Would you re-vision your child?
4) Would you put your child in a drawer and decide it was never worth seeing the light of day?
I’m really hoping you said no to every one of these questions.
My point is a book is not a baby. It is not a living miniature person with a soul. It is a piece of artwork that came from your soul and mind.
It is a creative endeavor that you are attempting to make a marketable product.
It may have felt like excruciating labor pains to bring it into this world, but it is not a sentient being.
A book is not a baby. Your book is not your child.
Saying, “My Book is Not a Baby” is the first step to being able to objectively edit and revise your work. To listening to and accepting feedback. To putting your ego aside and creating the best artistic endeavor you possibly can.
(Blog Note: I have a hard deadline to finish revisions on my YA to submit to editors. I will be posting and responding to all comments, but for the next week or so, I have to curtail my blog reading and social networking. I will miss reading everyone’s blogs, but I have to have the hard copies ready to send out on March 20th.)