"I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application, industry, assiduity, will, will, will, desire, desire, desire." ~Gordon Lish
Back at the Borders signing a couple of weeks ago, a fellow author asked me if I had read my own books. I blinked, thought about it, and then realized...No.
Here's the thing: you write a book. You edit it a couple (or 10) times. Your editor sends it back with suggested changes, which you make. Your editor sends you 1-2 rounds of edits, which you make. Your editor asks you to read it through one more time before the FLE (Final Line Editor) gets it. And then before the print release, you read through the galleys one more time to catch any glitches.
So once those books come out in print, I for one am not at all interested in picking them up and reading them yet again. I've read interviews with movie stars who say they've never seen the complete movie they just filmed, and I always thought that was strange. Not anymore. (OK, this is not to say I'm comparing myself to Reese Witherspoon or anything...just the similar abstract concept...)
It's a weird sort of phenomenon. And having just finished the 2nd round of edits for One Night in Napa, I will say I feel the same way this time around. I still love the story, but I don't think I'll be picking it up in print and reading it page by page.
Hey, authors out there - what about you? Have you read your own books?