Hitting SEND on an email this morning was probably one of the biggest things I’ve ever done in my life – that is, of course next to getting married, having kids, buying and selling homes, graduating college, well…I think it’s big anyway.
Let me explain…it all started in 2010. (You might want to grab a cup of coffee and settle in because we’re going back to 2010!)
I was working at Harris Teeter in the deli department because it was a job that would allow me to work in the evenings and homeschool my kids during the day. While slicing meat and cheese, cooking rotisserie chickens, and washing a TON of pots and pans, I began writing a story in my head. The story turned into a novel and I actually completed it in July of 2011. Exciting, right?
Then I did absolutely nothing with it. I got a new job and life took over as it usually does. Before I realized it, 2012 was almost over and I hadn’t even looked at my manuscript for almost 18 months. That’s when I set a goal – a God-sized goal. It would be published, as in a completely finished book that someone could order and read by June 1, 2013.
I knew it would need a ton of work and I would have to put the time into it immediately to make that deadline. The manuscript was really so rough. I dove back into the story, had a couple good friends read it and give me feedback, more editing, changes, re-writes. And then today happened.
Today I emailed the entire manuscript to my copy editor (Ms. Lorin Tinder!). I still have a long way to go before June 1 – cover design, interior design, website, marketing plans…etc, etc, etc, but I feel like picking up a megaphone and yelling off the top of a mountain:
After 2 1/2 years, this book is finally to the copy editor. This is really going to happen!
Just thought I’d share… thanks for listening.