Novel Stuff

08 19 09 001Did I mention I have a pub date for my novel?  Or month, anyway.  May 2010.

I know this because I just got a copy of my bound manuscript.  The cover art hasn’t been done yet, so this is a pretty plain looking book.  But, it looks like a book, more like a real book than anything else I’ve ever seen with my name on it, and it even has the copyright page in it.  Copyright 2010 by Margaret Dilloway.  It’s close to 500 pages, but on the back it says it’s 288. 

The book with my name and copyright and Putnam's info.
The book with my name and copyright and Putnam's info.


The book also smells really good.  It smells clean, sort of like fresh-washed cotton, and a bit sweet.  But that might be the Lucky Charm marshmallow that promptly got squished on the back of it.

 Next comes the ARC, or Advance Reader Copy, which is an even nicer bound copy.  It might even have cover art on it.  I’m not sure how long that takes. 

 And this week, I got my copyedited version back electronically.  I have to agree or disagree with the copyeditor’s remarks. The copyeditor seems like a reasonable person– I have no idea if the copy editor is male or female.  The only thing I’m having trouble with is a sentence in my author’s notes. The CE explained to me why the sentence is grammatically incorrect– something about how the subjects don’t agree in the sentence and the grammar rule that breaks– but I still don’t know how to fix it.  Maybe this will require an e-mail to my mother in law, who has a Master’s in English and is a grammar queen. 

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Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

3 thoughts on “Novel Stuff

  1. How cool is that! Wow! You must have gotten goose bumps when you received that! I’m starting my edits this week, waiting on my editor’s marked up MS!

    Big Congrats! Can’t wait to buy!

    xoxo — Hilary

  2. This is so exciting! Your name…in print…for all the world to see in less than a year! That’s so awesome, Margaret. I can’t hardly wait for the debut.

  3. Whoo Hoo!!! I love seeing your name in PRINT!!! How cool!!!! May this be the first of many times…

    Can’t wait till it comes out!!!!!!!

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