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