Writing to a Deadline Part 13: Rewriting and resubmitting

Wow.  They were right.

I took out one relationship element, and the rest of the story just fell in line.  I read through my final product and shivered.

Yeah, I actually wrote that…

But that sting is still there… is it as good as I think it is?  Probably not.

Three days until I have to submit.  It’s a holiday weekend.  No one is going to have time to read, right?

This is where friendships you have made come into play.  I looked up every applicable beta reader past and present, and let them know my dire situation.  I even sent it to my very first beta partner… who was nice enough to teach “idiot little me” so much when I first started out (boy did I stink back then)  I haven’t spoken to him in over a year.  You know what?  He jumped on board.

A debut author from the same publishing house I am submitting to saw my plea on Scribophile, and offered to read it.  So did one of my current betas, and my writing buddy who was also in the same boat having to make revisions to her submission for the anthology.

Suggestions come back.  Minor changes.  The last beta to come back arrives five hours before I need to submit.  No pressure.  More minor suggestions.

Make the applicable edits…. And Done.

Funny thing.  I created a PDF, got ready to send, and got a sinking feeling in my stomach.  I checked back on something I had just added that night, and it didn’t flow. Honestly, it sounded HORRIBLE.  I took a few minutes and changed it.  Perfect…. Sometimes, you really need to listen to your gut.

  1. Create a new PDF.
  2. Write up and email thanking the publisher for their suggestions; this is how I used them… yadda yadda… thank you for your consideration.
  3. Attach PDF
  4. Send.

Now the painful waiting process… again.

The deadline has passed.  Whatever happens now, happens.  There is nothing more I can do.

I feel good about it.  I didn’t crack, and I held on to the bitter end.  No matter the outcome, I am proud of this 40 page little gem.  If anything, I proved to myself that I could do it.


15 responses to “Writing to a Deadline Part 13: Rewriting and resubmitting

  1. Yay! Glad you got it done. Good luck on the submission.

  2. Good luck! You’ve done as much as you can do on this story for the time being. Any idea what you’ll be working on next?

    • Dunno, but I desperately need some mayhem. I have a vision of spaceships blowing up tanks.

      Yeah, that sounds like fun.

      The last few months have been a bit tame for me. I need to let loose a little.

  3. Glad you got this done on time and that you liked the way it turned out. Can’t wait to hear the GOOD news! 🙂

  4. Great for you getting ‘er done! As Orson Scott Card says, you can write it a thousand different ways, and an hundred ways would be right. Just write! 😀 Kudos to you!


  5. If anyone could…. 🙂 Your focus and organization impress me.

  6. Good luck, Jennifer. I didn’t realize you were on Scribophile. *Heading on over*

  7. You will do fine. You made the effort and turned it back on time plus you know they were interested in the first place. Good luck with the feedback! Remember your early supporters when they make the movie!

  8. I’ve really enjoyed watching this story come together! I’m hoping you get a great response on it. 🙂