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Editorial Help

I just sent the first chapter of my novel to an editor in Tennessee. She has great credentials and has been very nice via e-mail. It’ll probably by October before she reads my work and provides feedback. In the meantime I need to not think about what she might say and focus on book two. Monday Writing Update: 5 pages (and plans to do better this week!)

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A Little Help

So I’ve been shopping for editors–someone to read my first chapter or so and give me feedback. I’m looking for enough input to give me some ideas for how to improve the novel as a whole. I don’t want anyone to rewrite it or to give so much input that it’s a collaboration rather than my work. Just a little direction, please. So the first person I contacted was booked until MARCH 2011! I knew that I would have to wait to hear from publishing houses, but it simply didn’t occur to me that I’d have to wait for a paid editor. She was very nice and recommended several other editors. I checked out her recommendations along with those suggested by the editor at the publishing house that turned me down first and I think I may have found the right person. Here’s hoping she’ll be able to look at my first chapter in 2010. But the real help I got came when I flopped on the sofa and bemoaned all this waiting I have to do. My husband walked over and said he knew what would help. A backrub? A footrub? Did he have chocolate in his pockets? No. He eased up my t-shirt and blew a big raspberry on my belly. Several, as a matter of fact. It helped immensely. If you’re ever stressed out and worried about, well, anything, I highly recommend the belly raspberry as a sure-fire pick-me-up. […]

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Christmas in September

This weekend I’m preparing the children’s Christmas program for church. I don’t help much with VBS or other children’s activities during the year, but I make up for it by coordinating the Christmas program. In past years I’ve written a short play, but this year I purchased a script for a program that takes the place of a regular Sunday morning service just before Christmas. To give myself a little credit, I’m taking it apart and reworking it to better fit our children and the space we have to work in. I LOVE doing this. Usually about the third rehearsal I love it less, but ultimately it fills me with the true spirit of Christmas. There’s nothing like kids at Christmas. And the very bast things are always the unexpected ones–angels falling off the stage, shepherds whacking each other with crooks, someone blurting out that they have to go to the bathroom in the middle of a scene. It’s the utter lack of pretension children bring to the most wonderful thing that ever happened to mankind. Q4U – What are you looking forward to as Christmas approaches?

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Strike Two

And so I have heard from the second editor. She really enjoyed meeting me, but my book isn’t right for her house. She wished me luck in placing it. Sigh. The second rejection surprised me by being easier than the first. I thought it would be harder. I also thought that it wouldn’t be a rejection. I’m an optimist and I hear research shows optimists live longer. Well, that’s good news. So what now? I had an invitation from a third editor. But I didn’t actually pitch my book to her. I just had a VERY nice chat with her in the hallway as I was heading back to a session after a bathroom break. I heard her speak and thought she was fantastic. We talked a little and she said that she would be happy to read anything I’d like to send to her. I thought she was probably being nice, but now I will take her at her word. But before I do I have a plan. There are some highly respected editors out there who will give me feedback on my first chpater or so for less than $100. Having had two rejections, I’m thinking this would be money well spent. I need to know if I pitched editors who weren’t good matches or if my work needs, well, work. It’s hard to be rejected. But this is in God’s hands, right?  I think it is. I wrote a […]

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Alone Time

When we first got married, I thought Jim and I were supposed to spend every waking moment together. I mean, we’d picked each other–or better yet–God had brought us together as soul mates. Why in the world would we want to be apart if we didn’t have to? Genesis 2:24 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Right? At first, it was Jim who came up with the idea of “alone time” as being one of the keys to happiness in marriage. He needed a little time to himself every now and then. And eventually I caught on. As crazy as I am about my husband, I like the occaisonal day or evening or morning or whatever all to myself. It makes our marriage better if we part ways so that we can come back together and share our seperate experiences. Time to know who WE are, so we can be united in harmony. Five times Proverbs mentions how difficult life is with a quarrelsome wife. It’s better to live on the corner of the roof or to live in the dessert than to have a quarrlesome wife. A quarrlesome wife is like constant dripping–and so is a quarrelsome husband. And what causes us to be quarrelsome? Well, constant proximity can have that effect. We all need “alone time” and what better way […]

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Monday Writing Update

Pages for the week = 14 Total pages = 76 Words = 23, 500 Just for reference, an average novel is somewhere around 300 typewritten pages and from 85,000-100,000 words. That’s a generalization–some are longer and some shorter, but it gives you an idea of what I’m aiming for. I’ve heard several techniques for reaching the target count, but I’m a write-until-the-story’s-been-told writer. Hey, it worked out the first time–although I trust that if I ever do see that book published it will be somewhat shorter than it now is at about 106,000 words. Just saying it out loud to remind myself . . .

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