Monday, November 03, 2008
The Big Push
I feel like I am a runner in a marathon or a swimmer on the last lap, desperately trying to call up my inner reserves and give the last big push to win the race. I foolishly thought entering the Golden Heart would be a piece of cake. My book was finished, so I did not foresee any problems. He, he, he! What I have learned is there is a huge difference between having your book completed and having your baby exactly as you want it. I mean, I certainly don't want anyone looking at my manuscript and catching any typos, plot errors, senseless words, or heaven help me, being bored because the story did not flow. What began as a simple contest entry has turned into an editing marathon. I have been working my fanny off to get my chapters edited to perfection, so that I can send my book with pride and know if it does not place it was not because of my lack of editing! What I have learned, from this yet to be completed experience, is that you are not even closed to finish when you write the last words of your novel! Keep your fingers crossed. I am on chapter 16 with 8 left to edit. I sincerely hope I make it!
Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her at www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, or on Facebook at juliejohnstoneauthor or at twitter @juliejohnstone.