Yay. I received my first edits last night. It's so exciting.
My editor marked up chapters 1 - 11. I'll have to rewrite a few scenes and re-research a few facts to ensure their accuracy. It is a little strange to go back through the manuscript, seeing it through someone else's eyes. I had already experienced this once with my freelancer. It's cool and fun and a little scary.
I have other author friends who've been through this before, where they closet themselves with their revisions and disappear from loops. It sounds a bit intimidating to be under deadline with all that rewriting to do. And maybe, at some point, it will stress me out too. But, for the moment, I just want to luxuriate in the feeling of rolling up my sleeves and making the manuscript better with my new partner Rich.
I will, however, suggest that he not send them at 10:30 pm any more. I can't resist reading the edits and pondering them---all night long.