Books and Quill

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….


About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My last three novels, THE EYES HAVE IT, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, one also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction about the Armenians who settled in Troy, NY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Come visit me at my website:
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  1. Congrats, it’s no mean feat!
    Best of luck on finding a publisher.


  2. Congrats on finishing! What a great feeling that is. 🙂


  3. 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! 🙂


  4. Pete Denton says:

    Congratulations on finishing the draft. I hope to join you in that soon!


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