So today’s plan was to mark up my manuscript for ”The Shortlist” before making final edits and submitting it to Blushing Books for consideration.
"The Shortlist" is the second book in the Waldorf Manor series and sequel to, ”The Solicitation” [see "Available Titles" for context]. I’ve spent about nine weeks working 12 hours a day on it. I’ve written and even rewritten it. This is my third version, and I am finally happy with it!
I was minding my own business, working through my edits when the doorbell rang. I still had my red pen in my hand and my tie loosened [yes, today is a tie day] and the man standing at the door says, ”I have a delivery for Miss Bella Bryce.” So I signed the paper and look what was in the box!
My husband is so fantastic, romancing me at 3:30 pm on such a momentous afternoon! Suffice to say, he’s getting all my attention for the fourth time this week when he gets home
More updates on ”The Shortlist” to come!
I was quite happy to report that I had finished book 2 in the Waldorf Manor series, ”The Shortlist”, which follows ”The Solicitation.”
Ahem. Well, I’m afraid I shall have to retract the part which said, ”I finished” and replace it with, ”I’m now rewriting”. Don’t ask. Alright, ask. It wasn’t working. There was some good dialogue and some descriptions I was fond of and I haven’t deleted it, or anything. But I have decided to begin again with fresh ideas and write as if I’m working on book 2 for the very first time. I’m 19,460 words in, so getting to around 50,000 words won’t take long. Maybe a week. If that. I write from about 9:30 am until 6pm. I also tend to write after dinner and in bed until 2:00 am. I know, I need to compartmentalise my time a bit.
In any case, book 2, ”The Shortlist” is well on its way. And book 3, well, I’ve already written the first two chapters
I’m currently working on “The Shortlist”, book II in the Waldorf Manor series. This is my fultime job right now; writing, I mean. I started writing ”The Shortlist” even before “The Solicitation”, was finished and even before I submitted it to the publisher to be considered. I found after reading some of the reviews for ”The Solicitation” which were along the lines of, ”I can’t wait for book 2!!” I needed to really get a move on.
So, several 12 hour days writing later, I am finished I am not saying that to get pity. You don’t have to beg me to sit and write for that long. You don’t have to bribe me or flatter me to make me think it’s worth staying up until my husband is about to wake for work in the morning and I’m just laying my head on the pillow, to finish my next title. I feel as though some of the reviewers were pushing me in a good way.
What happens next? Well, when I say ‘it’s done’, I mean, I’ve figured out the storyline and who says what and I’ve typed out into well over 100 pages . But I haven’t printed it out and sat with my cup of coffee and red pen, rubbed my hands together in delight as I go through and perfect it. I understand a certain someone also enjoys doing that. You know who you are. Although, contracts and manuscripts are quite different. Ahem.
Then there are beta readers. Within the Blushing Books circle we’re encouraged to get two other writers to read our manuscripts before submitting them. I also have a small clan of fantastic friends whom I can call upon to give me honest feedback. Then, after all that, I make changes to the manuscript, force myself to leave it alone, and upload it for submission.
And then we wait. We wait for the editor at Blushing Books to read it. She will email me in a few weeks (which is impressive, mainstream publishers can take MONTHS to feedback). I will see that email in my box, the bold one which is unread with a title that states the name of my book. Once I click on it, it’s all nail biting from there as I read the email and see what she says.
But, there isn’t much nail-biting required with the Blushing Books editors. She is forward, honest and to the point. If the editor likes the manuscript, she will not spare a compliment. If she doesn’t, I’m sure she would tell me. It’s a very professional procedure, as with any publisher, and once that box is ticked they send it through for edits and proofreading and I get a contract.
SO. I’m excited that you’re excited for “The Shortlist,” book II. Bear with me, the process is processing!!
Have a fantastic weekend
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