A Holiday Gift From My Editor

My favourite part is, "I think this is a great book, and I think your idea behind it is inspiring."

In the past few weeks I've gone through the process of helping the design and editorial teams working on the journal with me to understand its purpose and to see my vision. I can't say enough great things about them over at Friesen Press. I am not sure what I expected before I started working with them, but it certainly wasn't the supportive and excited tone that I've received. I come away from each interaction with them feeling even more certain that this project is needed and will do what it is intended to do – help people who are struggling.

Yesterday, I received the first editor's notes on the manuscript. To be completely frank with you, I was more than a little bit freaked out. I've found myself in a relapse over the past several days and have been working hard to climb out of it with the tools I've learned in treatment. My journal has been getting a workout. And thankfully, it's been paying off. I'm getting back on track and feeling better every day.

This morning, I decided I really, REALLY wanted to read the Editor's notes. Knowing they were there, but not opening them file felt like waiting to open a gift at Christmas. And I'm already doing enough of that these days, so I practiced some positive mental imagery to prepare myself for anything she might say that could be taken too personally. I imagined myself receiving the editorial comments like I would receive advice from a big sister. And am I ever glad that I did!

The notes on the manuscript were fantastic!

The next step will be to make my first round of changes and send the manuscript back to Friesen. As we are entering the busiest time of the year for me, I anticipate that the journal will be back on the desks of the fine folks at Friesen Press early in January.

Errin Witherspoon