Completed – or Not . . .

They’re completed. The edits, the extra info my publisher wanted, all completed and sent in with one exception – my photo, which I’ll submit as late as possible.

What a wonderful feeling. Or it should be. I should be rejoicing that I can have my life back, and any normal, sane person would. Yet I have that nagging feeling that one sentence, after several revisions, still isn’t right. It’s an important sentence, one that bothered me all the way through. My editor says I’ll have another chance once the manuscript is in galley form.

So instead of celebrating, I’m merely letting go – for now.

I'm a novelist, short story writer, and I currently serve as CEO for L. Cooper Press, a service for writers. Thomson-Gale bought one of my novels, With Full Malice, for their 5 Star Mystery line, then Harlequin WorldWide Mysteries bought the mass market paperback rights. I lead a novel critique group in Redlands, CA, so if you're in the area and writing a novel, join us: When I can't attend, Amy Fletcher leads the group. You can always contact me through my websites:

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2 comments on “Completed – or Not . . .
  1. Candace says:

    Congratulations, Brenda. I’m sure it will be excellent–no need to worry!

    • brendahill says:

      I appreciate the vote of confidence, Candace, but that one sentence is still there, chasing me, demanding I fix it so it’ll fit with the rest of the novel. Who would ever think one lone sentence could be so worrisome?

      But, darn it, I still haven’t created that wonderful, perfect string of words that’s needed. Is that ever going to be a red-letter day!

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