Today I’m up before daylight working on a round of edits for my forthcoming collection of short stories, If the Creek Don’t Rise. The book has eighteen short stories and five postcard pieces plus original sketches by Susan Raymond.
Many authors find the editing process to be tiresome, but I relish it. First and foremost, I find it to be a reflective endeavor when I look back over my themes and characters. This helps as I compile a summary blurb, set acknowledgements in order, and place a dedication. I like working with my editor who catches those nuances in a story of which I am unaware. I find the ‘catch’ usually improves the total work.
By the way, the title is taken from a supplication among rural folks that they will complete a task ‘good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.’ A perfect sentiment for my people as they move forward with their one remaining currency–grit.
Look for the collection in November from Pen-L Press. Copies are available from Pen-L, local bookstores through Ingram, and Amazon.