Some time ago, I talked about the relief of actually finishing the first draft of the book documenting the Venuses journey thus far through the obstacled paths of menopause and out onto the open road of midlife.
But when one births a book, it s a uniquely weird experience. The manuscript morphs through edits and rewrites, which is somewhat like shoving the baby back up the birth canal into the uterus for further maturation. And the process is exhausting and exhilarating each time.
Essentially, several birthings take place before the book can be pronounced ready to be given up. That s right, you send your baby out into the world and it makes the circuit of the publishing industry. There it competes with other babies for title of most gifted (aka most salable.)
A trusted midwife (known as a literary agent) who already believes in this baby s potential presents her to publishers. At the same time, she performs nurturing and wet-nursing duties - for the mom...er author.