It has been about ten months since my last fiction book was released. I have a publication date set for July 2023, for this novella. When I’m in the editing stage (where I’m at now), I vacillate between surprise at some really well-written sentences, and annoyance at some not so well-written sentences. Overall, I think The Secret Gift will fit in very well with my other romantic suspense titles.
I did a tiny celebration when I finished the handwritten draft. There’s a sense of completion a moment before I’m reminded of the myriad steps yet to come. When I finished the typing, and again when I corrected my typing errors, bits of, “Yeah! I’m getting closer,” flowed through me. At this stage in the editing process, the most corrections and rewrites will happen. Part of this is a natural step in my process. And part comes from taking nine months to finish this story. The big celebration will occur when it’s live on all platforms.
As predicted, the shift in my schedule this time of year has opened up chunks of time to complete writing related tasks. A graphic designer has been hard at work to create some content I can add to my Amazon sales pages. I’ve investigated two new tactics I hope will help readers find my books. And I’m hovering on the ledge of the next project.
Just as I often feel that race to the end of the story, I feel the same energy pulling me through the edits so the story can be released. I also feel the next project prodding me to begin. This isn’t a bad place to be! I can let go of failing to release SG last December. I can give myself space to diligently work on all the little projects that are ongoing. And I can remind myself of the celebration to come. How do you feel when you’ve almost achieved a goal? How do you celebrate?