Saturday, April 19, 2014

Much ado about nothing

So here we are, 12 days since I sent my MS to free-lance editor Taryn Albright.  For the last week I have been quietly worrying what I would receive back in my Reader Report.  After all this time of working I was so afraid that it had all been for nothing.  I was worried that she would come back and say "there is nothing worth keeping here, you need to start over or abandon this story all together."

That, however, did not happen.

What did happen, is that I received an email that told me she understood how scary this could be and that she wanted me to know that she enjoyed my MS and thought I was going places.  Then she told me to calm myself and settle in with some chocolate and/or wine before reading the report.

This is my report.  

Yes, that is a six page report.  Yes, I printed it and highlighted parts.  I laid out 12 points she made that need work.

I cannot say enough about how amazing my experience with Taryn has been.  She was so incredibly kind and understanding.  All of the notes she gave me brilliant and relevant.  A lot of it was stuff I had struggled with writing in the first place.  Not only did she point those areas out for me to work on, she gave me suggestions on how to do it.

A lot of her comments were extremely positive.  I am actually amazed at how much she seemed to like my world, my characters and my writing in general.  Even notes that were not positive (notes about areas that could be changed or improved) were delivered in such a constructive way that my feelings weren't remotely hurt.

I am excited to start my revisions.  I know that everything she pointed out is need and will improve my story greatly.  My work is nowhere near finished, but then, neither is my relationship with the wonderful Taryn.  After sending my her notes, she told me that I can email her anytime to bounce new ideas off or clarify something.  I am certain now that she will be the first person to read my revised draft, and I would recommend her services to anyone.

I am more confidant than ever that I WILL see my book in print someday and it will be, in large part, thanks to Taryn.

(I linked Taryn's site at the top of the blog, but here it is again.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Emails, and freak outs, and swords! Oh my!

So I was supposed to send my manuscript to the editor April 11th.  Today I received a surprise email, she had finished a project and could take my MS early.

Yep, I totally freaked out.  You can ask my co-workers.  "Is my face red?  I feel like my face is red.  Oh god, I'm not supposed to be this scared am I?  That can't be normal.  Oh god."

I was so excited, so scared, so nervous, all at once.  It is amazing that one person can feel some many emotions together.  I don't know anything to compare it to.

So, I came home, gave it a once over, made sure the format was correct to Taryn's specifications, and then I did the scariest thing I've done in my writing career.  I sent my MS, my 10 year journey, my 4 month old baby, to an almost complete stranger.

Taryn said she should be done by this weekend, but life happens so it may be longer.  Until then I am supposed to stay occupied.  Shouldn't be hard as I have a stack of new books to read, a wedding to get ready for, and a new sword to play with.

That being said, for the rest of this week, or until I hear from Taryn, please try and keep me occupied.  

PS.  I was totally serious when I said I had a sword.  I bought this today.  

Why did I buy a sword, you ask?  The simplest answer is because I've always wanted one.  I was able to justify the purchase to my self by saying that for writing book two I need to understand what it feels like to hold and use a sword.  It's research...not dorky.  Okay, still dorky, but also research. :)