I’ve been working on Gram & Me for over two years. I thought, once I retired, that I’d pump out a new manuscript at least every year, if not every six months. I certainly have enough ideas to keep them coming. But a funny thing happened when I retired: I started doing everything slower! Every task gets stretched out from minutes to hours to days. My retired friends say it has to do with feeling like you can always put things off to the next day. I swore I wouldn’t do that, that I would take full advantage of every minute of every day that retirement offered. And then I retired. And the switch in my brain nudged from high-speed to crawl and locked there.
But the important thing is the manuscript draft is done. I sent it off to the editor I use today. I have a couple of people who are willing to read and provide feedback on my writing, so I’m going to share the manuscript with them. While I’m awaiting the professional edits and early reader comments, I will work on the synopsis and query letter. AND begin updating my files on agents who accept Women’s Fiction.
Work definitely doesn’t stop when you type THE END!
As I traverse through the minefield of agent rejections, I will post from time to time on progress (or lack of it). Hopefully, this time I won’t paper the walls of my office with letters that contain the dreaded “Sorry, not right for us.”
Maybe this time, I’ll be lucky….
Congrats, it’s no mean feat!
Best of luck on finding a publisher.
Thanks – I’ve been on this road before, so I (unfortunately) know what I’m up against:-).
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Congrats on finishing! What a great feeling that is. 🙂
Congrats! I always have to give myself a little while to enjoy the big finish… before reality sets in and I remember how much I dislike revising! 🙂
Funny that you say that-I’m working on a post about rewrites now!
I always get bogged down when I revise. I miss the freedom that comes with writing early drafts. I know many people love to revise–not me! I’ll take a first draft over a revision any day!
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Congratulations on finishing the draft. I hope to join you in that soon!
Good luck, Pete! The satisfaction is worth the effort!