Now What?

Well, have layered in all the new conflict for my heroine, managed to cut down the word count so that it’s 53k instead of 56k, and added another love scene. Gave it to the husband last night for a first readover and he gave it the thumbs up. Phew! Poor guy, he’s read the thing about 50 million times and yet still manages to find something nice to say about it each time. Is he a god or what? In fact, he’s even taken to reading some of my Modern Heat books so he knows what he’s critiquing. Cool eh? He likes a bit of romance now and then does my husband…

So what now? I don’t know if I can bear going over it yet again, but I suppose I’ll have to. Going to ship it off to my CPs to see what they think. Make some more adjustments. And then… Must resist the urge to send it away and be done with it. I’ve got till the 24th of March so maybe the intelligent thing to do would be to let it sit for a week or two, then read it again for a final once-over. Then I’ll either rewrite the whole thing or hit the delete key and give up. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 thoughts on “Now What?”

  1. Looks like you’re on the home stretch with the ms, and your hubby sounds like a sweetheart. Well done on both counts.

    I think your idea to step away for a while is a good one. Read it with fresh eyes in a week or two.


  2. Well done, Jackie, you’ve certainly gone through your ms in record time!

    The sensible thing would be to put it on one side and read it through one last time in a couple of weeks, then send it off.

    BUT I’ve never been sensible. I think I would be tempted to wait for your cp’s thoughts and then amend and get straight off. BUT I’m also way too impulsive and impatient so don’t listen to a word I say. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Jo, amend then send is exactly what I’d like to do! But I did that the last time I sent this ms in and perhaps it would have been better had I waited. Ah well, waiting is good for me (she says bracingly.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Don’t think I’ll send this week. I do seem to have done it quite quickly and perhaps that’s a bad thing. I’ll give myself at least a week’s break from it.

    Anyway, don’t worry, I will keep you posted, Lucy! I’m going to need a place to wail, gnash my teeth, and tear my hair once I’ve sent the wretched thing away.

  5. I think you need at least a couple of days away from it to let it settle. Remember last time when you suddenly thought of things you wished you’d changed?

    Maybe have a couple of days of Panic Attack (the story!) just for something completely different???

  6. Panic Attack suddenly seems very aptly titled! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, doing something else it a great idea. And yes, don’t want to wake up suddenly thinking ‘why didn’t I include that?’ like I did the last time!!

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