On the final edit of a manuscript, my editor writes each question or request for a change on a post-it note and folds it over the page. Let’s just say there’s a post-it note on almost every page. This photo shows the final edit of Invisible Lines, a book I spent six years writing and rewriting.
After having wrestled with this manuscript so much on my own, I could be overwhelmed to see so many comments at this last stage. Instead of getting depressed or defensive, I try to look at each suggestion as an opportunity to make the book better. It’s the only way to survive.