|Cover image, House of Mystery (forthcoming, Saturnalia Books, 2014)|
* Are these poems any good?
* Are they in the right order?
* Are they half as good as the ones in my last book?
* Are my obsessions and interests compelling to anyone besides my mother?
* Are there egregious mis-usages, grammatical errors that will forever brand me a diction dolt? Dangling participles/modifiers, split infinitives, an I for a my, and a tool for a tooth?
Goodness, I hope not.
My editor will help me weed out the weakest poetic concoctions and let me know if a poem sticks out like a cowlick in a perfectly groomed section. Thank you, Henry!
As for whether or not my topic choices are compelling, well, what can you do? I tried my best!
An in-house copy editor will comb through the book like a top-notch stylist, but I also used Grammarly, an online grammar check device, to double check my locules and galumphs. I'm quite confident about my ability to spot grammatical errors. However, as I put my poems through Grammarly's paces, I was impressed with its ability to flag easily confused words and spot punctuation errors. Grammarly forced me to examine the book more closely. Instead of simply scanning chunks of text, I found myself at the level of the word, where all writers need to be.
The next three months will be all about spit-shining, getting House of Mystery to shine like a mint-condition Mustang. When I hear the UPS guy knocking on my door, a big box of House of Mystery in his arms, I know all the eye strain and double/triple/quadruple checking will be worth it.