|Think I'd like to own one of those houses ...|
|It was too windy for her favorite Frisbee so we did the ball instead.|
Anyway, I'm rested and eager to jump back into my writing/blogging/tweeting--well, whatever the heck this is. :)
Thanks to the efforts of many of you, the New Adult Lit Chat (our first chat is next Thursday, July 26, 9 PM Eastern!) is getting some fabulous buzz going. You can check out the NALitChat blog HERE for upcoming chat dates, as well as other useful New Adult-y things I'll be posting from time-to-time. If you want to know what it's all about, you can check out my last post HERE.
Sincerely, to all of you who have tweeted, blogged, etc. about it so far: THANK YOU. If I can ever repay you in kind, just ask. Hope to "see" many of you at the chat. It'll be a good time.
Now for some exciting and scary personal writing news: I just got a story back from an "official" editor for the first time!
I'm very excited about this story. It's a fun little paranormal romp with a Texas twist. (Should I say "twister" to make it more regionally appropriate?) It's a novelette, under 17,000 words and more than 10,000, and the first in a series I've been working diligently on for quite some time. It will be published in the near future, and I'll have much more to say on that in the weeks to come. For now ...
A few of you worked (it is WORK when you read for me, btw) on it as readers over the last couple of months, and your efforts helped whip it into the shape it's in. But, as we all know, our beta, omega, etc. readers can't catch everything. You need the cold, calculating and what I imagine to be lidless lizard-like eyes of a professional editor for the fine tuning. (Kidding. About the cold part at least.)
So the e-mail with her revisions arrived this AM. Super excited to dig in and start making the final changes. Unfortunately, I discovered I have a phobia of opening documents from editors.
Is it going to overwhelm me? Did I do anything right? Did she re-write the entire thing after the first two pages?
Don't get me wrong, I've as much confidence in this story as anything I've ever written. I thought it was pretty decent going into the final editing process. But somehow knowing THIS IS IT has me hyperventilating. Scared to death to even start.
Question for all you old pros out there: Is it going to be this bad every time? Are you on medication? Would you recommend a shot of whiskey or some other adult drink before taking a look? How can I be this excited and this afraid to do something at the same time?
I'm sure at some point this morning I'm going to get started on it. Until then, I'm going to tape my eyes so they'll stop twitching.