Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Finally!

I just sent my baby off to beta readers.  I'm a little nervous and very excited.  I can't wait to find out how I can make it better because I have no perspective anymore.  I do feel a little hollow inside.  This draft took about three weeks longer than I had planned so I've been pushing myself and it's been all I've been thinking of.  Now I'm not going to look at it until I hear back from them. I'm so very grateful to readers and critiquers.  I couldn't have done this with out them.

Don't worry, I still have plenty to do.  I plan to polish my query, get it critiqued, polish, critique, polish.... you get the picture.  I'll also be working on synopses of it plus the two that follow just in case I can find someone who wants to buy the whole trilogy.  Hey, I can dream.  I'll continue to research agents and maybe, just maybe I can catch up on blogging.  I'll be coming to all you campaigners! 

I just started babysitting again and today is my first day with the 2 month old.  Since we got pretty girl when she was 16 months old it's been 3 years since I had an infant.  I forgot how much they spit up.  Off to clean.

What will you be doing in the near future?  Any fun plans. 

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  1. The first few times I sent manuscripts off I was terrified.
    It got SO much easier.
    Now, I'll send off to my regular readers, and it's no big deal. but it took a while.

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    1. Yea, I've had a lot of scene or chapter critiques and that's no big deal anymore. But this is the big one, the whole manuscript so I'm having to adjust a little.

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  2. Good luck with the beta readers as you move closer to querying! I've just begun research for a new project, which is one of my favorite parts of writing ... the research. It always helps build the story.

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    1. Research does help build the story. You can get so many ideas. Good luck with that.

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  3. I'm totally fine when I send off my chapters to my crit partners but then when I see the email with their judgement I feel like throwing up. But I's always constructive and things that will make the story better. And they're always nice. :)

    Babies are so very sweet but also a lot of work. Good luck!

    Hey, and if you ever need a reader...:)

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  4. As one of the above mentioned betas, I'll just pledge to do my best. ; )

    BTW, you'll get your turn at mine...if I ever finish it. :/

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    1. You'll do great! and I can't wait to read yours. You're always teasing me with snippets. And you know how much your story means to me.

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    2. Yes, Sara, I know. You are one of my biggest cheerleaders. And I need them to keep going.

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  5. Sending your WiP off to betas is a wonderful time to relax, read, or clean up baby spit. Ha!

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    1. There was a bit of cleanup. Which I had to sneak into my room without waking up the kid sleeping there to get clean clothes. Then my son spilled milk all over himself at snack time. Seriously most of it was on his head. So we had to do an impromptu bath. Fun day.

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  6. EEE, congrats! Getting to the beta-reading stage is exciting.

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    1. Thanks, I am excited. It's taken me awhile to get here.

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  7. Good luck with your beta readers! And the babysitting as well.

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  8. Congrats on sending out to betas! Whoot-whoot! That is so exciting!

    And I hear you about infants. They are so cute and sweet, but a lot of work too. :)

    I'm hoping to finish my first draft soon. *squee!*

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    1. Yay! Good luck and congrats on the first draft. That's a huge milestone.

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  9. No fun plans ... just packing ... still, its a very big adventure, which is kinda fun.
    Fingers crossed for your beta-ing

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad the adventure is still fun. At some point you'll be willing to do anything for to have your own bed and stuff you don't have to pull out of a box. Of course, last time we moved we had to live in a hotel for a month in-between houses so that may have something to do with it.

      Good luck on the packing and I hope your move goes well.

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  10. Congratulations, that's great. You're a wise writer, because you realized you had no more perspective when it came to your book. That's EXACTLY the right time to send it off.

    You have a baby in the house. I miss having a baby. I really do, even with the spit up.

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    1. I miss the babies too. Which is why I'm willing to babysit and have four kids the oldest of which is not yet three.

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  11. YAY! Congrats on getting it to betas! That's a huge step! :D Crossing my fingers for you that the next week or so will fly by and you'll get your feedback returned pretty quick. It's so hard waiting! :)

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    1. Thanks, I'm anxious but trying to enjoy the time off.

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  12. And you've been tagged!! http://www.tracikenworth.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me. I should get to them on friday.

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  13. Eek! I'm still querying. Three rejections so far. But I haven't sent any new letters in a week and a half...
    I think your betas'll love your story :-)

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    1. Three isn't too bad. Though I may not think so when I start querying.

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  14. I'm subbing at the moment, editing my second book, and writing a third...lol. All a bit at a time. Congrats on finishing and good luck on editing.

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    1. Sounds like you have a full plate. Good luck on it all.

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  15. I have absurd amounts of work in my immediate future, all of it tangled up with the full-time job of looking after an eleven-week-old baby. Eeek.

    Ooo hope you get some great beta responses to your book!

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    1. Thanks, have fun with that baby, they grow up so quick. Sigh, mine is turning three in a week.

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