Have you ever written a book, edited it, had it professionally edited, sent it to numerous readers for approval/suggestions, and even went so far as to publish the project only to later realize that there are more edits/re-writing to be done?! Part of you says, "Screw it! It's good enough." The other perfectionist part of you insists, "back to the drawing board...let's do this (again)!"
The editing never ends, it seems. Thankfully, I have finally come to a place where I know I need to just...stop. This is where I'm at with the second installment of Hoagie & Katie in Space. I learned a valuable lesson to never promise anything to children, as they will call you on it.
Case in point: My daughter's 2nd grade class had been chomping at the bit to have H&K/Space available to purchase by Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I promised goods I couldn't honor due to all the recent revisions on text and illustrations. The kids weren't having it, and bombarded me with questions, accusations, and long faces. I tried to employ an exercise as a "teachable moment", relaying writer tactics, obstacles, and logistics. I even showed them my pathetic marked up copy of my proof to instill empathy in their stony hearts. Their cold stares bore right through me and only softened when I promised new bookmarks as soon as the book came out.
Sorry, Bolton Primary second graders, I tried, I really did. Please forgive me. I was just trying to make the book more readable for your little ears. Make the pictures pop for your little eyes. Don't fault me Masters, but it's looking like Easter will be our new launch date with a new and improved paperback format to boot! Trust me, I think you're gonna like it!