Well, it’s done as of today, and some of the private stress I’ve been carrying around since November of last year is done with it. I have changed agents; Robin Rue of Writers House now represents me. Saying goodbye to Russ Galen after eleven years was tough; however, I’m changing my direction, my goals, and with luck the course of … Continue reading →
Finished the edit at 11:00 AM on the nose. Finished the print-out (my daughter had 3/4 of a ream of 25lb bond paper in her room — on of the OTHER advantages of living in a house full of writers. The book is packed, I’m waiting to hear back from Diana Gill with a send okay, and other than that, … Continue reading →
Some of the questions raised required some immediate thought and a little reworking — mostly, however, this line edit has entailed trooping backward through the manuscript fixing cases where, when I really get going, my fingers choose spellings that my brain doesn’t bother to notice. I’m hell on too/to errors, and its/it’s, and their/there/they’re. Also thought/though/through. And of/off. Ack. And … Continue reading →
Joel asked how someone becomes a beta reader. I’m trying something different this time. Used to be, I didn’t ask for the help of outside beta readers. The only people who saw the manuscript before I sent it off to my editor were the people in my household and me. But the people in my household got tired of doing … Continue reading →
I’m doing the revisions and corrections gathered up for me by my superb Fast Turnaround beta readers. And just hit my favorite of my screw-ups so far. I’m eventually going to have to do something with it, I think. It’s the phrase “that you have no drunk of death”, which would seem to be a thing to be much celebrated. … Continue reading →
I spent three hours this morning putting together my beta reader copies and getting them out the door. I got to switch over the work in progress listed in my community signature from Gods Old and Dark to Midnight Rain — I finally get to get back to it and do that last few thousand words, and then jump into … Continue reading →
I’m done, I’m done, I’m done! 106,000 words, and I like the ending. Hah! I think I like the whole thing. I’ll package it and send it to my beta readers tomorrow, but tonight, I’m just going to celebrate. Hot chocolate and pretzels and maybe a sappy movie.
I’ll finish sometime today!
The big finish is going well. I got four complete, brand-new scenes done this morning, and I love what I got. Manuscript is right at 108,000 words, though after I finish the climactic scenes, I’m going to have to lop off the old ending — so I figure it’ll go down to about 104,000 or so. But then I’ll still … Continue reading →
Writing yesterday went beautifully — I got three scenes. Today it is tearing along, too — I’m excited. The end is in sight. I’m doing the climactic scenes now; it’s all new stuff because I really hated what I had, and what I’m getting is gorgeous. It ties in everything that came before, and it grabs me and twists. Another … Continue reading →