IVP - Behind the Books - Running from Room to Room

July 18, 2007

Running from Room to Room

On Monday I was talking with Brenda Salter-McNeil about her revision process. She has been walking through this process at the same time as a close friend who is trying to finish her own book. Brenda pictured herself in one bed laboring to birth her book at the same time her friend is laboring across the room. Brenda's friend, Ruth Haley Barton, is another of our authors, so I came into the story as the midwife running from bed to bed.

I've been pondering this picture since we chatted. Indeed the editor is like a midwife. And it's an honor to have a part in the birth. But the thing is that I've got a whole hospital full of writers in various states. I'm running to the unit where an author is having open heart surgery done on his book, while his neighbor has a stint put in. I'm checking back to the maternity room where the book is birthed but not named! (The titling process can be lengthy.) And then there are the authors still in their homes, offices or writing cabins, not ready to come to the hospital where I await them.

No wonder I'm tired at the end of the day!

Posted by Cindy Bunch at July 18, 2007 10:07 AM Bookmark and Share


At least you get to keep the firstborn if you wish. Up there, on your nursery shelf.

Comment by: L.L. Barkat at July 19, 2007 3:45 PM

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