Saturday, December 27, 2008

Turned in

With Trevor's help, proofreading, I got the final draft of the novel plus all the other submission materials turned in to Covenant today. They require us to also submit a worksheet summarizing key scenes, themes, etc, along with an outline. Those extra materials are always the hardest for me, because I've read a ton of outlines of books that just aren't the book. I don't know if it's because authors don't know their own work - in which case mine will have the same problems - or because they can't turn off their creative writing impulse, even when they're just supposed to summarizing.

Anyway, my editor is supposed to be back in the office on Monday, unless she's snowed in somewhere (in the which case, hope you're warm and safe, Eliza!) It'll be three months before I hear back whether or not they'll go forward with publishing the manuscript.

In the meantime I've got a short story to rewrite and an agent to follow up with on my YA SF novel. First, though, I'm going to take a bit of a break. I'll still write, but I'm not going to push for a deadline for a little while. I've done three novels in the past year, and need to really watch for burnout.

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