So after much delay, I heard from the editor of my book today, and the word wasn't bad but it wasn't good. Mostly it wasn't good because this book is taking forever, and now it's going to take a bit more. Part of the problem is due to some bad information I was given, evidently, and I can point this out, but it wouldn't really get me much benefit. The long and the short of it is that it's back to the keyboard for me on the book. I'm trying to stay calm about it, as it seems like everything ties back to this book somehow: the new job, funding, conferences, blah blah blah.

At the end of it, I suppose, it will still be published, and probably it won't take as long as I think it's going to. And there was some very useful feedback - some nice critiques of things that didn't come out as strongly as I wanted and some suggestions for places to go to bolster my research. But it still feels like a huge setback.


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Anonymous said...

Boy, have I been there. "Requests for revisions" is code for "soul crushing agony" -- at least in my experience.

I'll tell you the best encouragement I got when a similar thing happened to me: my friend said, "well, if the press had wanted to cut off your project, this would have been a perfect chance. It didn't, which indicates that the editor(s) support you -- so as long as you make the necessary changes, chances are you're going forward."

March 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM