Chapter 8 in the editing process

I am speaking this into my phone so it may not be perfect and there shouldn’t be any punctuation I am on chapter 8 in the editing process I stopped mid chapter 8 just because I grew tired and needed a change of pace I hope that’s not a reflection on my work and the pacing I stopped at an interesting place and we’ll need to go back and reread chapter 7 in order to figure out what I’m doing going forward I’m curious to know how other writers edit their work what they do how they set themselves up to process the writing I work in my computer room which has a window and I use plastic hard plastic table as my desk I drink lots of Crystal Light iced tea in a reusable cup pet my kitties often and just go in till my butt goes numb that is my process what is yours?

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Editing Process

I’m on chapter 6 in the editing process of my contemporary romance book. I’m enjoying rereading it very much and have forgotten a lot of the book, which makes it refreshing to read. Actually, I finished writing the 50,000 word book December 8, 2016 and never looked at it until now–now that I’m editing it. Six months later I’m editing. It feels really good to look back at my work and enjoy reading it. That’s a bright positive for me on my editing path. How different it would be if I hated reading my own work. (Pitch it out the window I say if I hate it). Well, not really literally pitch it out the window but that is the first thing that came to mind just now.

Morning and Writing

I woke at 5:08 a.m. I couldn’t go back to sleep so I got up, went into my computer room and started editing the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2016. NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. I attempted it for the first time last year. It is supposed to take participants four weeks to write a short novel of 50,000 words. It took me six weeks.

Even so, I’m quite proud of the book I produced and am enjoying the editing process. Hopefully I can get this book edited quickly so I can send it out to potential publishers. How exciting would that be to have a book published? Pretty exciting.

Meeting Kevin Spall from Thomson-Shore

Saturday, June 17, 2017, I met Kevin Spall the CEO/President of Thomson-Shore books. I met him in a restaurant in Ann Arbor where I pitched him my latest contemporary romance book with the working title: The Cattle Baron’s Redemption.

This was the first time I have pitched a book to anyone. I wasn’t nervous. I was intrigued by the process. I wondered what he would ask me. How did I come to this place of writing romance novels? I think I blacked out when he asked me that. I know my lips were moving and something was coming out because I could hear the sound of my voice droning about something. I think I said something like, I read a romance novel a couple of years ago and thought I could write something like that, so I did. Ugh! Well! Of all the nerve. Not anything about my love of reading romances and my interest in their stories or my interest in crafting a good story–at least I think it is a good story. My mother (and two cats) seem to think so.

I was caught up in the moment. He wrote something on the top right corner of the two-page synopsis I brought along and gave him. I wonder what that something was. Now having gone through the process of pitching for the first time I look forward to getting to pitch more often to other book industry insiders.

I keep trying to tell myself that I might have bombed the pitch, but daily, even sometimes hourly, search my email for a message from Thomson-Shore. I sent a thank you note today with a logline for the longer novel. I hope, I wish, I’ll keep my fingers crossed and keep checking my email for a response from Kevin Spall.

NaNoWriMo 2016

I was determined to start and finish a 40,000 word novel during the NaNoWriMo month of November 2016. I didn’t do it. Instead of taking me one month or 4 weeks to write a novel it took me 6 weeks. I’ve basked in this accomplishment for far too long. Last night I thought about starting the editing process, but need to print out a full manuscript before I start revisions just in case something goes very wrong with the process so I have a hard copy of the book to refer back to.