March 16th, 2006


On Publication

Eighteen months generally elapse nowadays between the time a publisher accepts a manuscript and its appearance in book form -- the gestation period of an elephant. During that year and a half of waiting, a writer is visited by every emotion in the fun house, from rosy anticipation to exultation, megalomania, brooding, dread, cringing humility, avarice, guilt and, finally, stolid acceptance.
    -- Phillip Lopate, "Waiting for the Book: Storms Before the Calm," New York Times, May 24, 1987