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Success So Close I Can Taste It

Excited.  Nervous. Hopeful. 

I just printed off my complete manuscript for a final polish. 

I’m rewriting some dialogue to be more snappy and filling out the final scene.  Then it’s off to my critique partner.

It’s the shortest book I’ve ever written, clocking in at around 55k–which is apparently good for a YA.  I was nervous about the length and well, because I’d dumped about 30k–that is so hard!– but I checked with a few YA authors and they’ve assured me this is an ok length for a book.  I’m so tempted to make it longer, but the story is told, you know?

It’s also taken me the longest to write, which makes little sense. 

Unless you consider it’s my first YA and I completely changed the main theme and setting during rewrites–which means I basically dumped a book and started over.  Doesn’t seem so bad if I look at it that way. 🙂


  1. May 21, 2009    


  2. May 21, 2009    

    It feel so good. It’ll feel better when it’s back from Rachel and completely done, but even this part feels good. Makes me want to jump into the next book already, which is nuts. Should take a day or two off.

    Bet you get that, tho.

  3. May 21, 2009    

    Yea for finishing!!! 😉

  4. May 21, 2009    

    Almost finished! All the scenes are written, but I have to flesh one out. Then… it goes to you. There will be more work after you’re done. Still, you know how I’ve struggled with this one.

    Or my problem with focusing while my book is making the rounds with my dream agent…

  5. May 21, 2009    

    Congratulations! 🙂

  6. May 22, 2009    

    Go Rinda!!!

  7. May 22, 2009    

    Thanks Brooke and Heather. 😉

  8. May 22, 2009    

    Very cool. I also wanted to tell you I got a bit of a revision boost from your tweets today. I feel a bit better about my WIP now. Thanks!

  9. May 22, 2009    

    Oh good! We do miss these things unless we make a specific run through. Also, my CP catches them at times. 😉

  10. May 26, 2009    

    Congratulations, Rinda! You did it again. 🙂

  11. May 26, 2009    

    Thanks Sara! It’ll be done this week. Little later than I thought but holiday stuff got in the way. 😉

  12. May 27, 2009    

    Good luck, girl!

    Well done.

  13. May 27, 2009    

    Thank you! I officially finished the book at 2:30 in the morning today. (BG)

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