Some of those who have followed this blog from the beginning know this is a big day for me. At one time, I was completing two or three manuscripts a year. Then something happened and I lost my nerve somewhere. A bad illness, having manuscripts sit on editor’s desks for up to two years, a family business and well–there was a host of things that made me take a long, long break.
I did write and publish short pieces. Some with bylines and a TON of stories without bylines. 🙂
But, I decided to make a go of book publishing again and started up last year. I took on a new critique partner and you all know I’m thrilled with the relationship–even if it can be serious work at times.
But… here’s why today is such a big deal to me.
THE FREAKING BOOK IS DONE! COMPLETE! FINISHED!
For a confessed profectionist, this is the hardest thing to say. We like to tweak and tweak and tweak until oh, let’s see… what did Merline Lovelace say Saturday??? We polish the life out of a piece?
So, I finished rewrites Friday night, printed out the entire thing, read it through last night, typed in the last minute changes today and yeah, I’m done. No more tweaking.
Now, all I have is the Query and Synopsis (written, but needs uh…tweaking…) and it’s off to the first agent on my list! (Going the agent round this time around <g>)
But for now, I’m having a glass of wine. Celebrating by myself. Think I’ll watch the new episode of Big Love then put in a favorite chick flick. The wonderful, wonderful sense of accomplishment is worth it all.