Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lots to celebrate!!

On June 21st, I finished the 2nd revision of my novel, Blue Sky Days.  I wrote it 7 years ago, let it sit - never forgotten - while I did other things, and finally, with the encouragement of a good friend, decided to go back to it and finish it.  It took me exactly two months to rewrite it - I added about 30,000 words - and a little less than a month to do revisions.  Now, it's in the capable hands of the aforementioned friend, who is also a great writer, and I'm going to have a few other people help me edit it before I go through it one final time.

I felt completely numb when I had finished.  I actually sat and cried when I was done reading because the whole process has been so emotional.  I've put so much into it, have worked so hard, and being a successful author is my goal in life, so I have a lot riding on this book.

Now I have a lot more work to do and a lot of decisions to make.  Traditional publishing versus independent publishing, and since I'm leaning toward the latter, all the hard work that comes with self-publishing.  It's terrifying and exciting, and my brain hasn't shut off since Tuesday - not that it ever really does, but it's definitely been working overtime the last couple of days.

Onto my other big, celebration-worthy news: my sister-in-law's graduation from high school!  Amanda has worked very hard, and I admire her so much for having the strength and courage to go back to school as an adult and finish what she wasn't able to all those years ago.  I know that when her boys (my precious nephews) are old enough to understand, they'll be as proud of her as I am.  Her grad was last night, and it was extra special, not only because she was graduating, but also because her sister, brother, and brother-in-law were all graduating too - can you imagine?  And, her sister was valedictorian, and after she gave her speech - during which there were few dry eyes in the entire auditorium - the MC (I think he was the vice principal) said he'd never heard a better speech.  It was a really great night, and I'm so glad we were able to celebrate the accomplishments of my extended family.

Me and Amanda

Me, Amanda, my brother Jamie, and my mum - unfortunately this was after Amanda had taken off her cap and gown

Amanda and I will be able to celebrate - her grad and birthday, and me finishing my novel - in less than 2 weeks when we head to Toronto for 3 days to see U2!  I'm so ridiculously excited, I've been waiting for this for almost 2 years, and now that we have extra reasons to celebrate, I'm looking forward to it even more!

Also, this is completely unrelated, but I just want to take a second to talk about the 4 Flavors of Summer, which is 4 themed weeks and giveaways hosted by Books at Midnight.  This is one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile, and I've been dropping by every day so far to read the guest post and enter the giveaway, and you should too!

Also unrelated, but I did my first post on HubPages in a month or so.  I've been so busy with my book that I haven't had time to do more than jot down ideas for articles.  I was on Squidoo yesterday and saw that they had a new quest, and it was to write a list of summer reads with a specific theme, and after writing it, I decided to publish it on HubPages instead.  My list is: Top 3 Young Adult Book Series That Make Perfect Summer Reads.


  1. Congrats on finishing the drafts! I know exactly what you mean. I actually delayed finishing my rewrite for days just because I felt separation anxiety.

    Good luck with the rest of the work!


  2. Congrats on finishing your drafts! That's awesome! Here's hoping the writer friend LOVES it! Also, thanks for the note on the giveaways. I have books and envelopes waiting for me they're right beside my computer, but going to pull the winner of the lesley livingston giveaway and then go from there.

  3. Congrats on finishing your book! If you do self publish, please make sure it's been edited as many times as possible and design the best cover you can. As a reviewer who has reviewed many self published books, many were full of errors and others were great stories but the cover was so off putting, no one would pick it up. If you are careful with those two things, you can succeed with self publishing.

    Also can you help explain the purpose of squidoo an hub pages? Why would I want to bother with them? Thanks.

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