It’s pretty weird not to have a manuscript to obsess over. It’s also fine because I now have plenty of art projects on my work plate, and most of those need to be well on their way before I get the book back from my copy editor, Mr. Wilde.
Even though it’s only been 20 days, it’s apparent that this copy editing job is going to take Mr Wilde a bit longer than what we’d hoped. So, I was able to get UCLA to push the deadline forward four more weeks to September 30th. The Technical Assistant Grant is distributed through the Tarjan Center at UCLA for the National Arts and Disability Center and the California Arts Council. It is funded, in part, by the National Endowment of the Arts. There happens to be a timeline on all the projects they assist, not to exceed September 30th in 2017. So the NADC is now going to count the actual copy editing as its own project. It was, after all, what I specifically asked for assistance for, and it buys us much needed time.
My final edits will have to begin sometime during the second week of October since I will be on a secret mission the first week of October. After I receive the manuscript back, accepting/rejecting Michael Wilde’s edits, I will then go back to querying it to Agencies until, ??? I don’t know for how long. Until I am convinced the book just sucks. Or, I decide to self publish it.
In the mean time, I am considering allowing a select few, special peoples, whose opinions I respect and hopefully won’t abolish all sense and meaning out of my fragile ego. (I will have to start getting used to that, I guess.) And who wouldn’t mind reading it in its unedited form. They’d have to keep in mind that it’s going to be severely cleaned up and condensed after the fall.
Here is the temporary cover I’ve been using for the unedited “e-book.”