THE JOY OF COMPLETING A NOVEL

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 Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. In Her Mother's Shoes was published in June 2013 - available through Amazon, B&N and iPad, e-book (only $2.99!) as well as paperback. Autumn Colors was my first. My third novel, Star Catching, was released in November, 2016 and has been very well-received! My writings are mostly women's fiction, most also suitable for YA. My website is www.dawnlajeunesse.com. Come visit me there!
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8 Responses to THE JOY OF COMPLETING A NOVEL

  1. Congrats, it’s no mean feat!
    Best of luck on finding a publisher.

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

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  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! 🙂

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  4. Pete Denton says:

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

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