Constant Gratification

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Forget instant: constant gratification’s where it’s at. I’ve noticed that many of the authors I work with tend to delay their excitement about a project, especially when it’s a book. Why? They usually tell me it’s not “real” until there’s a book in their hands. Ugh.

This means people are choosing to overlook exciting, gratifying, and totally rad moments like:

  • getting a book contract
  • getting great reviews
  • turning in a final draft
  • putting the book on their CV
  • approving their book’s cover
  • getting a release date
  • receiving galleys
  • receiving bound copies
  • publication in paperback

Any one of these things would make me feel like I won a freakin’ medal! In fact, because I have so many clients at different stages of publication at all times, I get to enjoy a sort of enthusiasm-by-osmosis: X’s book is in print! Y’s galleys came in! Z’s book is out and my little name, all 9 letters of it, is included in the acknowledgements?!?

Sure, I may sound like a rube, but the point stands: celebrate each milestone. They’re all important and exciting, and what do you have to lose for enjoying them all unreservedly? If nothing else, you’ll get the fuel to keep you working on the other projects you’re surely juggling, and that’s worth a lot. Happy writing!

About Letta Page

Founding Associate Editor and Producer (Former) The Society Pages Senior Managing Editor Contexts Magazine In Twitter terms, I self-present as a disarmingly earnest editor, translator of academia, portmanteuse, and domesticated roustabout. More professionally, I might say: I am a jargon-slayer for hire. The founding associate editor and producer of The Society Pages and current senior managing editor of Contexts magazine (the public outreach journal of the American Sociological Association), I have nearly two decades' experience in academic editing across a range of disciplines. I've edited and written copy for publications from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, W.W. Norton, the University of Chicago Press, Cambridge University Press, and many others, along with dozens of journals. As a sort of fun "palate cleanser" (trust me, when you're editing books on neoliberalism and genocide, always good to have a fallback), I write copy for organizations like Stand Up! Records and I teach cardio barre fitness classes at Six Degrees Uptown. I also have a background in the visual arts and was a founder of First Amendment Arts (now CoExhibitions) in Minneapolis, MN. I hold degrees in history and classical studies from Boston University and an art degree from the University of Minnesota. Click here to read my Friday Roundup posts on The Editors' Desk. Click here to read my contributions to Citings & Sightings.