Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The End

So on Monday, I typed two precious, wonderful words. THE END.

I felt elated. I felt awesome. I felt complete.

I felt FREAKED OUT! What on earth do I do now? Edits? Sure! Rewrites? Sure! Submit to agents...WHAT?!

I think that step and that step alone is the main reason I have about 4 finished novels and haven't done anything with them. I too afraid to submit. I'm not afraid of rejection. I've been rejected by about 8 agents (the few I've actually submitted to). I don't expect to be like Nicholas Sparks and get a million dollar advance for my first book (but wouldn't that be niiiiice?!).

My main concern is wondering if I'd be ready for the demanding lifestyle I hear being an author is. I quit my job to stay with my kids. If I was to get published now or even in a few years, that would take valuable time away from them. I don't know...it's all so scary to think about.

Not that I'm presumptuous enough to think I'm good enough to get published right now, but it's something that's always on my mind when I type THE END.

Anywho, thank all of you who have supported me and have offered to read it for me. I hope to complete it by June 1 and have it out to those of you who are going to beta read it. I look forward to your feedback!

9 comments:

Krystyn said...

Congrats on finishing.

I'm sure you'll figure out what the next step is.

Mandy said...

Well I for one,am very excited!!!! You know I love your books!!! I better be one that gets to be a beta reader. :) Can't wait!!!


Don't worry about what comes next. Enjoy each step at a time. As far as your kids go, you will be able to be with them and do what YOU choose to do as "the author". They will be very excited and proud to introduce their Mommy as a famous author. :)

T. Anne said...

WOW Congrats! Time to celebrate, then....revise.... then celebrate again and submit!

OHmommy said...

WOW!!!!

I am sooo envious. High five and MANY congrats!

Lynnette Labelle said...

That's wonderful. I can hardly wait to type those very words.

Lynnette Labelle
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Tess said...

Wow, it's like you can read my mind (lol). I just keep telling myself that it always takes more time than we anticipate. Lots of time to query an agent, then time to land a publishing contract, then an average of two years before it makes it through editing and to print. By the time I get there, my little ones might be half way through college!


**found this blog while hopping around today and hope you don't mind me commenting! You can find me at http://www.tesshilmo.blogspot.com

Lynnette Labelle said...

Thanks, Stephanie. I'm going to apply.

I found your blog by clicking on your name when you commented on someone else's blog. I forget who. Sorry. I do this so I can meet more people, specifically writers.

I'm glad we've met. Hope to see you in the group. *Crossing fingers*

Lynnette Labelle
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Tess said...

Coming back to ask if it would be alright to link to your post tomorrow....I've been thinking about it and how much courage it takes for us to do what we do and thought it would be a good discussion point.

LexiconLuvr said...

(Found you through Tess)

I'm thrilled for you and I wish you the very best!