“It’s just that time of year when we push ourselves ahead / We push ourselves ahead …”

Got a revised draft of Faerie After (aka the third and final Faerie book from Liza’s point of view) off to my editor Friday afternoon, just in time for the weekend (and a post-book gelato break with jennifer-j-s. There’ll be one more quick look by my editor, and possibly some final questions, but we’re basically done. After this, next stop is copyediting.

The last couple weeks I was feeling a bit mournful about letting the book go, but now that I have, it feels good, and right, and as if I’ve brought Liza and her story–a story that’s been with me, one way or another, for so long–home at last.

It feels, too, like Liza has come so far from that quiet stranger who whispered an opening to me long ago.

As I did this final pass through the book, I found myself at times hoping readers would cry where I cried, smile where I smiled, feel what I felt … but of course, that’s not how letting a book go works. Letting a book go means readers get to have their own experiences with it, take their own meanings from it, react in their own ways, find their own things about it right or not-right. Whenever a reader meets a story, something new is created, and the writer doesn’t entirely control what that something is. We put all we can into the writing, and then we step back, let go our control of the story, and let it become what it’s going to become.

It’s a pretty wondrous thing, when one thinks about it that way.

Anyway, there are some steps still to go between my letting this book go and its reaching readers. (It’s scheduled for spring 2013.) But I can’t wait until it’s out in the world, and I do hope you all enjoy it, once it is.

Meanwhile, I’ll be over here in the corner, meeting new characters and a new world, working on the next book. 🙂

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