Well, the Header post says it all.
I am all grins and giggles galore.
Can you guys see me smiling all the way in Argentina? Canada? UK? Well, if you were wondering what that bright light was here in the USA its ME!
Here are the final stats for all you who’ve been traveling this journey with me.
109,812 words, 411 pages
I was trying to edit down to 100,000, but that was just so I could submit to a single publisher who maxes out at 100,000. I started this mad edit at about 120,000 words, and when I got it to where it is now, I decided to heck with it. This is my novel, and it is perfect. Taking anything else out at this point would make the story suffer. I will always take creative critisizm, and am ready for it, but this is where I am staying for now.
65,724 words cut from the first draft. That’s 233 pages. Funny, I think the first draft was only a little over 350 pages. It shows you what kind of roller coaster ride you can take on the way to perfection.
My Row 80 goal for the end of the year was to finish HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT, and here I am. Wow. What an amazing feeling.
I’m going to submit my one and only recent Short Story to a magazine shortly. I have a few comments from Betas to look over, and am waiting for my “subject matter expert” to get back to me to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes.
I need to pick some new beta readers and “just plain readers” to do one last read of HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT now that it is complete. Some of it has been changed so drastically that no one but me has read many of the chapters, and I need to take my own advice and NEVER query anything that hasn’t been fully and completely Beta-Read.
If you are, send me an email. (there’s a “contact” button in my header bar.) I better note that I can’t do a mutual beta exchange with EVERYONE who follows this blog. I’m not Wonder Woman (although my kids think I am) but I can take on 5 Beta partners if you think your manuscrupt is ready.
Thanks everyone for your support. I hope your week has been as exciting!