I got word last night that Beachwalk Press liked Fool Me Once and is offering me a contract. I was so flipping excited and had to be quiet about it. The kids were already in bed. Plus, I was all alone. Hubby wasn't home yet. I am working my tail off on book 2. I really like my characters but having a harder time writing their story. They are two delicate characters for me, if that makes sense and I have to make sure its just right. I have not been able to get in a good writing groove with them. I often get a scene written and then have to walk away and really think about the next one. This is something I have not really experienced yet. I did in my HUGE book I wrote a few years ago that is stashed away waiting for me to do something with it. I hope with all the experience I am getting now that when I finally pick up the 300 printed out pages I will get it just right.
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Taking the advice of some awesome authors out there, I was told a great way to do your final read through is to read it out loud. So, after kids were shipped off to school today and hubby left I fired up the netbook and opened the book. I began to read. Feeling awkward, I looked around remembering it was only me here. So I started reading and lord if someone had a camera it might have made for excellent tv. Before I knew it, I was getting all into it. Though, it was quite funny, that if you know me, I am not crazy about vulgar words. So when reading aloud the sex scenes, I quieted when reading certain body parts. I might be able to write it, but apparently even alone I can't say them too loudly.
Next time I do this, I plan to have some wine opened.
I did however have an excellent read through. I was very pleased with the story and as I read it and caught simple words I don't always catch when reading it silently. Such as I might have written his but I meant him.
So I submitted it. I have really enjoyed working with Beachwalk so I am sending it to them first. Now I will bite my nails and panic until I hear back on what they thought and if they liked it. So, I need to get back to writing this series that I hope to have published. Book 1 is submitted!
On another note, my current book under contract Amber's Muse is not part of this series. It is coming along nicely I think. Bless my editor who has taken me under her wing. I am learning a lot!
So Wednesday August 10th, made it official, I am a mom to school age children. Wow! I must be getting old. It still seems so unreal. So I am only going on record once and saying this, but it does get a little lonesome and boring here all day by oneself. I can only clean so much and my mind just wan't there for writing this week. I brainstormed quite a bit for book 2 in my novella series I am hoping makes the cut. I just can't grasp my hands yet on this next story. Which works out fine, I have some busy work this coming week.
In fact, maybe my awesome editor is telepathic since she sent over my first round of copy edits. When I first looked though I thought 'wow I have my work cut out for me!' The impatient person I am has already started on the edits even though I told myself I would wait until Monday when the kids went to school. Who was I kidding?! But, I did get feedback from my two readers on book 1 in my hope to be novella series. I have a good bit to think about now and when I finish edits for editor I will be busy working on the other. I don't think I will be bored this week.
If there is one thing I don't have in many aspects of my life, its patience. I am that person who is so used to everything being instant. I want a book, well I just download it instantly and load it on my e-reader. I want to know what my friend is doing at 9pm at night, I send her a text. Wam bam, instant gratification. So what do I do when something isn't instant and I have to be patient, well I go insane and want to pull my hair out waiting. I can only imagine myself as a kid waiting on Santa. It might be why I was always up at 4 am and didn't sleep well. I just had to know what was in those packages and what the jolly ol' man had stuffed down the chimney for me. Boy am I thankful that both my children seem to be 100x more patient them me. Bless them! Perhaps I need to sit back and take a lesson from them.
So now your wondering, what has my panties all in a wad I bet. Well, it sounds so silly but I am just so darn excited about this whole process of getting to edit my upcoming book and seeing it blossom that I just can't wait to get started. However this process is not instant so I think I just might be learning a life lesson. I have to learn to sit back and breathe. It takes time and patience. Eek!
On another note that has my nerves all wound up in a knot is this series I want to write. I have book one done and two wonderful people looking it over for feedback. I want to jump the gun and start on book 2, but I know I need to be patient for the feedback on book 1. Tidy it up and submit before I get too ahead of myself.
Yes, there is a lesson in all of this, I know it. If I could sit still long enough, then I just might learn it!
I completed another novella. I am very excited about it. As I have said in past posts, I can see how much my writing has changed. How much I leaned while writing Amber's Muse and the feedback I received. I feel absolutely blessed still that it is getting published. I can not wait to see a cover with my name on it. It will make this all seem so more real.
Anyway, back to my current work I just completed. I finished it this past Thursday and then started on editing and reading it through. I have now sent it to my friend who does my first read through to give me her thoughts. I really hope she likes it and gives it a thumbs up. If I am lucky, I plan to set this one up in a 4 book stand a lone series.
So, its kind of nice that I am not currently working on anything. I hope to get some reading done before I hear back on both books for more edits. I am however working on something small. Just something that was in my head that I wanted to get out and will see where it goes. Not expecting too much from it. If you're a writer, then you know sometimes ideas are just there and you have to get them out. Trust me, if you took a look on my hard drive you would see tons of started projects that were never finished. One day, maybe those characters will get to finish their stories. Heck, at this point I am just amazed it took me roughly two week to finish my current WIP.
Not only is today my son's 7th birthday, today is the day I received my very first contract. Seriously, still in shock. How is the heck did this happen?! Really, someone liked my work? Holy cow! That's all I can say. My dream is coming true.
So, I had to call and text everyone of coarse. My mom cried, and was so excited. I wonder if she was thinking, FINALLY she is doing something with her life. LOL...j/k mom. I have been doing one of the hardest jobs for 7 years, raising my two boogers. She was proud of that too, of coarse.
So, for now I am still in a cloud, scratching my head, wondering if I really read what I did. Thank you to everyone who listened to me for hours and hours on end about this.