There’s no two ways about it. It’s been a fraught week here at Alcohol Reconsidered. Cate and I have finished the manuscript, and it is now, thankfully, out of our hands. It’s with White Magic Studios who are doing a fantastic job of the formatting and turning our ‘baby’ into a proper, proper book.
The week was filled with last minute checks and changes, and despite having worked on it for so long, knowing that we were handing it over to the team at White Magic sharpened our focus even further. It was cognitively very challenging. ‘Did we mean that? Is the that the right word? Did we mean to put a semi-colon there or should it be a comma?’ You get the idea. These were the questions we repeatedly asked ourselves as we ploughed through the 200 pages for one last time.
Along with the last-minute changes and stress, I was trying to deal with all of the emotions that come with finishing such a big project. I couldn’t tell you what those feelings were exactly because they were indescribable. It certainly wasn’t the electric high that I thought it was going to be - in fact in some ways, the opposite. Half an hour after we had handed it in, I was violently sick.
It’s taken a few days to get back on an even keel, and it is only now I can even begin to think about the enormity of our achievement. We started writing last October and it’s been an experience of a life-time. We’ve had to learn so much about the whole process, soaking in the triumphs and facing the disasters as we went along. One of the things that has surprised me, is just how many people are involved in writing a book and getting it published. So many people have helped us along the way, and we are very grateful.
Seeing it all come together now is the exciting part and I still can’t believe we’ve done it. I keep having to pinch myself because it is so surreal. I couldn’t tell you how proud we are both feeling. To leave our teaching careers to focus on a book has taken an enormous leap of faith.
One of the things I’ve learned is that there is always something to worry about if you are a writer. The minute one problem is solved, another one presents itself. Now Cate and I can start turning our attention to launch date of Tuesday 1st June 2021. I’ll also be spending some time on cleaning it up my flat because to say standards of cleanliness have hit rock bottom is a very big understatement.
We’re sure that you are going to enjoy the book, but for now, Cate and I are having a well-deserved rest. Stay safe everyone xx