Row80 — I Finished My Novel!!!!!!

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.

Edit stats:

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.

Anyone interested?

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!

24 responses to “Row80 — I Finished My Novel!!!!!!

  1. What an amazing accomplishment, Jennifer! I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write a whole book. I’m just to all over the place!

  2. Yay!!!! Congratulations on finishing the novel! Good luck with the beta reads and any revisions after that! ❤

  3. Congrats! That’s a huge achievement. Bask in the glory of finishedness while you can. And celebrate!

  4. Congrats! I can see you smiling all the way down here in Bahamas. Time to celebrate your accomplishment. When you take on a new reader, will you share what you ask them to do?

  5. Wow, I bow to you. Finished. Wow. I’m inspired to get on with it.

  6. Congrats. WONDERFUL news and I am wildly shaking my hot pink pompoms at you doing leg kicks. Woot woot! You worked your butt off and it’s paid off…now go celebrate!! FANTASTIC!!!!

  7. Congratulations on finishing the novel! Now on to the next… *evil grin*

  8. yep, we can see your smile all over nyc! major congrats. and good luck with the short story 🙂


  9. I’m so happy for you, and I hope your book lands on the best seller’s list.

  10. Congrats, can’t wait to see it on the shelves 🙂

  11. Hoorah! Best holiday wishes and many congratulations!

    “This is my novel, and it is perfect.” May every child be blest with such love.


  12. WOOHOO!!! I bet that is an amazing feeling. Congratulations on seeing it through. That’s a HUGE accomplishment.


    Congratulations! Man, what an amazing feeling, right? Fantastic work! And though the edits didn’t get down to the original plan, that’s still really impressive! Good luck with the novel from here on in, Jennifer, and the short story you’re going to send out! I love reading posts like this. 🙂

  14. Woot for you, Jennifer! I know the feeling and applaud you for not making the same mistake I made with my first ms–query before you are as sure as you can be that it’s ready for that “YES! SEND the full!”

    I’d love to beta read, but have already committed to two other writers. One awaits me now and the second will be in my in-box in early January.

    Wishing you all the joy you deserve for this milestone. Woo Hoo U!

  15. ME ME ME! Pick me!!!!! I don’t have a finished manuscript but I would love to read your work and give feedback.

  16. I’m all smiles for you, too. Congratulations on a job well done.