Last September was an exciting time. I was training and trying to lose a little weight for my first ever Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament. I was also going through final edits on Keep Away From Psycho Joe with my editor, Kate Jonez.
A bunch of folks have taken a look at Keep Away From Psycho Joe. A bunch more are reading it now. The feedback has been better than I’d hoped, and I can’t tell you how awesome that is.
But there’s something you don’t know about this book. The editing sessions were many. They typically went for two or three hours. But the FINAL editing session… It was September. At least, I’m pretty sure it was. It’s a blur now. Wanna know why? Then read the next paragraph!
I knew it was going to be a late night. We started editing shortly after I got home from work. Video conferencing, of course. (SCIENCE!) I had a coffee and two Rock Star energy swigs on standby. We edited furiously. It’s not easy – at least, not for me. Next to marketing, editing is the least fun part of the process. From favorite to least favorite, it goes like this: 1) Ideation 2)Writing 3) Re-writing 4)Chasing bears out of my yard with a plastic shovel at night 5)Editing 6)Marketing.
We burned the midnight oil that night. And then we burned the next night’s ration of midnight oil, too. Then some more. Keep Away From Psycho Joe is a humor/horror novel for young adults, but the real scary stuff wouldn’t come until after. When I finally laid down in the very early hours of the morning, I’d gotten my body into some kind of crisis mode. Heart thudding so hard the whole bed shook, I went looking for sleep and found none. I shouldn’t say none… I might have gotten my eyes to stay shut for an hour or so before the sun came up. You get a little time to think when you’re laying there waiting for your heart to explode. You get time to revisit every awful thing you’ve done, to explore all your darkest fears. Falling asleep? Not for long! Here’s some terror for no reason and a layer of icy sweat!
Can’t complain, though. That’s what I signed up for. Thanks to Kate and those sessions, the book turned out better than I’d hoped. It was well worth the price, I’ll tell you that much. I’m pretty sure that was September.
And I can’t wait to do it again.