Monday, April 13, 2009

Some news, at last

Hi!

Remember that book I was working on? You know: the one that was the whole point of starting this blog in the first place?

Well, guess what? Today, I got a (long-delayed) second reader's report. But it was well worth waiting for, as it is admirably thorough. Plus, it practically glows in the dark. No kidding: it includes words like "masterly," "important," and "unique." Best yet, those words are about something that I wrote!

(Can you tell that I'm a little insecure about my scholarly abilities?)

In any case, for those of you following this as you start your own book projects, the next steps are apparently for me to write a brief response/plan for revision, and then for Fabulous Editor (or FabEd for short, I think) to take it to the board. I'm going to take a little while to work on the response, as there is one tricky issue, where the readers disagreed with each other on the fundamental purpose of one of the chapters. I'll address that in a later post, because I think some people might be interested in following along as I try to finesse this while remaining true to my own vision for the book. But let's save this for later, because right now, I just feel like temporarily shelving the insecurities and basking in the glow of my own masterly important uniqueness, thankyouverymuch.

17 comments:

Bavardess said...

Congratulations, that is great news for you! I only recently found your blog through the discussion on History Matters. As someone who hopes to (one day) follow in your footsteps and write a book, I look forward to reading about how the revision/ editing process progresses.

clio's disciple said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on your masterly uniqueness!

squadratomagico said...

Bask, baby, Bask!

COngratulations!

Historiann said...

Congratulations, Notorious--with a book contract, you can show us how Notorious you really are!

Belle said...

Very cool indeed! I'd wait a long time for words like that (and will have too, I fear). Congratulations!

medieval woman said...

That's so great!!!! I'm so glad to hear it - many congrats and keep us posted!

Susan said...

Congratulations! That's great news.

And actually, the disagreement between the readers is good for you. Because it means you can say, because Readers #1 and #2 disagree on the purpose of this chapter, it's obvious I didn't make it clear enough. In this case Reader 1 got my point more effectively than Reader 2. My revision will clarify this chapter by whatever.... In other words, you make one reader an ally....

It's very good to take the time to respond to the reports. And keep it manageable. Meanwhile, wallow in your masterful originality!

City Mama, Ph.D. said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment!

heu mihi said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

Good Enough Woman said...

Wow. That's really fantastic. And what great adjectives! And I appreciate the way you have pulled back the curtain to share the process of your work.

Michael said...

Great news! They really put you through the ringer to get published. Luckily, ancient history doesn't tend to change too much as time goes by (depending on whom you ask). Keep pushing forward.

AliceAcademic said...

Congratulations!! Yay you! That is awesome news!

Meghan said...

Congratulations:) I want to be you when I grow up (aka finally finish my dissertation)....

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thank you all. Real Life (tm) has knocked me for a loop or two lately, but this is pretty awesome news indeed.

The Bittersweet Girl said...

Great news! Congrats! And, Susan offers very good advice about how to rhetorically spin your response.

theswain said...

A couple days late, but dashedly good news! Congrats! And echoing squadratomagico, esp. apt a couple days later as life has likely returned to normal for you, BASK!!!

Dr. S said...

I'm sorry that I didn't step in to PRAISE YOU sooner this week. Rock out! Masterly uniqueness! Unique masterliness! Huzzah!