STILL EDITING, FOLKS, BUT … only about 30 pages left — that is, until I get my two remaining part-two critiques (wow…that was a tongue-twister…sorry).
I truly am excited, because I am nearly ready to submit for the professional edit. They will have it for 3-4 weeks (at least, that’s what they said…), which will give me time to concentrate on the cover design, interior layout and an author’s photo for the back. Oh…and all of the other little blurbs they want me to come up with…
Then, it’s back to me for corrections before I sign it off as ready for publication.
This process can easily be compared to a pregnancy.
Ooh, so easily!
The thrills and excitement during the conception and growth of the beloved story, the anticipation, the waiting, the preparations…the stressful rush to finish, to meet deadlines, exhaustion…need I say more?
Though I’ve only been pregnant once, I vividly recall all of this. I remember the last few months, lugging my precious cargo around — and how much I was looking forward to it being in the past so I could start enjoying the next journey that lay ahead. It was a long and hard journey — one I would have done again, in a heartbeat.
The same is true of the adventure I’m experiencing with this manuscript. Despite the major hiccups I’ve encountered as a novice author, I’m excited that there will be more to come — with the experience gained and knowing that it won’t take the decade-plus that this one required, there is hope for a complete series (two or three are already in the works) within a year or two! And knowing I already have a growing interest in my first one, even though it’s not published yet, is truly exciting.
So, as soon as I post this, it’s back to editing. Can’t keep the readers waiting, can I?
May your day be blessed with sweet anticipations.