The Finish Line

Posted On September 16, 2022

Photo by Michele Venne

This is the exact moment when the front runner’s chest connects with the ribbon strung across the finish line! It isn’t broken. Yet. The race isn’t done. Yet. I’ve met my deadlines, but the projects are ready for publication. Yet.

I’ve finished this round of edits on The Bookie. Next is running it through ProWriting Aid. The final edit is me sitting in the office with the door closed, reading the story aloud. I don’t predict, at this point, adding anything to the story. Maybe a sentence or a few words, but not whole scenes and certainly not chapters. I still need to work on the back matter, but have assigned an ISBN to the both the print and ebook versions. My intention is to finish both of these last edits and hit publish by September 30.

I’ve finished making the answer key for the math workbook, Building Fluency: Advanced Number Sense, the nonfiction project. As I went through the problems, I made changes so the answers were more reasonable. I also decided on a different way to give answers for the Done Together parts. Like the novel, I’m not adding or subtracting pages or chapters. I’m just making it a little easier to use. I got one copy back from a beta reader. I’m hoping for the second copy back by September 30 so I can make changes if needed before hitting publish on the last day of this month.

After a week of radio silence from my narrator, she did the edits and uploaded the changes. I’m waiting for 1 word to be edited. It doesn’t seem like much, and I have no guarantee how many people will listen to the audiobook or even hear the word, but like the changes I make in my written books, adding or deleting commas, starting or not starting a new paragraph, swapping out one word for a synonym, listeners may not even hear it. But once she corrects that 1 word, I’ll approve the files, and they’ll be distributed to all the retailers.

Though I haven’t written in Desert Zydeco in several days, I know what comes next, and I know how it ends. My goal is to have this first draft written and typed by the end of the month. So, I’m at that moment when the runner’s chest touches the ribbon across the finish line, but has yet to break it and win the race. That will happen in the next moment…

Written by Michele Venne

Writer of immersive and intriguing stories.

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