>It’s a strange experience being on the other side of the editorial red pen.

I’m happy to say that I have a tentative acceptance for a short novella, pending some fairly minor revisions to bulk up some backstory. The editors and I discussed a few different possibilities for how to approach the changes, and I’ve started the necessary work.

I have plenty of experience with beta readers in fanfic writing, but in that case, the author always has final word on what to accept and what to reject. Not so with professional publication, where the editors hold the cards.

My “day job” for years has been editing, so I’m used to managing publications from that side of the table. I don’t have much experience from the author’s side. In fact, this would be my first fiction publication if it goes through. Now, needless to say, I’m very excited about all of this, but it’s definitely a new experience for me! I hope I handle it well. I’d hate to lose out on the opportunity because of some newbie error.

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