It’s (Almost) Time.

I’ve put this off for as long as I possibly can. And, I mean, I’ve really put this off a long time already.

It’s time to publish my first novel. It was supposed to happen last year, but life got in the way (and I let it). Now, I’m putting on my big girl trousers, getting some woolly socks for my cold feet, and facing my fears.

I have one request first. I need a couple of Beta Readers. (Beta Readers get to read the story before anyone else, and they tell the writer what works and what doesn’t – simples.) I’ve made some significant changes to the telling of the story since last year, and I am far too close to it to know if it still makes sense.

That’s where you come in.

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Before reading Turning Point
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After reading Turning Point

If you’re interested in helping a writer out, let me know. My request is that you finish before Thanksgiving. It’s approximately 89,000 words, roughly 330 pages. If you’re interested, and you can read it in the allotted time, reply here, or send me a message, and I’ll get back to you right away with details.

Watch this space, it won’t be long!

 

 

103,810.

That was the original word count when I “finished” writing my first novel back in December.

wordsThat’s a lot of words. I didn’t know I had that many words in me. Don’t get me wrong, I know I talk a lot. But…to get that many words out in sentences that form paragraphs that make sense in a story?

Wow.

But, turns out, that was actually too many words.

Shocking, I know.

So, I hired an editor. She helped me reduce the amount of verbiage I would utilize in order to carry my point across to the people who so generously decided they would do me the favor of casting their eyes upon my work.

Er. I mean, she helped me make my writing better.

So, now, nearly eight months later, it’s down to 93,155 words, according to Word.

That’s still a lot of words. But, I’m so happy for those that made the cut.

There is one more obstacle left…The Proofreader. She’s up this week.

Stay tuned to see if she makes any more cuts.

Cue maniacal laughter.

Fade to black.

 

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