Friday, June 09, 2006

DONE!

I finished the TMT revision yesterday! I made my archaeologist-inspired changes, wrapped it up, put a bow on it, and sent it out to my readers for a final read.

Whew.

The odd thing is that--as when I finished the final "first" draft--there was no elation, or even sense of accomplishment. Just letdown and a queasy sort of panic.

On analyzing it, I think the panic is just normal fear of change/unknown. As long as a writer is fiddling, editing, it's safe. The WIP is not yet done, anything can still be "fixed", so it can't really be judged. And you're on known territory, in your own files. Once you write it off as done you let other people into your work, into your world. You're admitting "I thought this was good, my best." And then you have to send it out to the people who really know.

Anyway, I am ready. We'll see what my readers say, but I plan to work on the synopsis today, then when I get back from my trips, the week of June 19, I'll start sending it out to my hand-picked agents. Time to move on.

Did I say trips? Yep, I'm leaving again tonight. This time I'll be in Billings to work a convention booth; not back until Wednesday. Then I'll be here Wednesday and Thursday before I take off again for 3 days. Craziness I'm not sure I'm ready for--but hey, the book is done! Don't have to worry about that while I'm in another hotel!

Medieval Word of the Day: demerlayk: Magic, practice of occult art, jugglery.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

YEAH, Susan!!! Big applause!!!
I can't wait to hear the results.

Carol

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Carol! I appreciate your support!

Julie D. said...

Wish ya luck!

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Julie!

Julie said...

Susan- do you have any suggestions for a young writer trying to gather sources for a novel of an embryonic state?

sara said...

Yay! Congratulations! And best of luck in the agent search. *s*

/Sara E.

Susan Adrian said...

Julie:

I'm not sure what you mean by "sources". Contacts? Writing advice? Critiquers? Here, I'll send you an email and we'll figure it out. I'd be happy to help.

Susan

Susan Adrian said...

Thanks, Sara!!!

Julie said...

Susan- I'm not sure if you sent an email, but I never got one...

But to answer your question, I'm looking for tips on researching. I've never been one for research.