Those are the strangest four words I have ever typed.
At almost 75,000 words, I have finished and my emotions border on celebration and death. Today I sat down, added a thing or two and then knew I was done. There was no reason to go any further.
When I realized this, I set up the chapters and then sent it out. I did forgot to spell check, but will get to that after I get my feedback. The folks who will read the novel will be seeing it for the first time. I may ask those who read it as a novella if they would want to read it in its current form. If so, great, if not, no worries. There is no obligation for them to do so and I hope they would not feel obligated. They had given me stellar comments and I incorporated most of them into the novel. I made the main character stronger, better description of what the world has become, I am pleased and nervous too see what the thoughts are on all of this.
My new task is to go back to the agents I have researched, find their clients and read those books. This way I can see who has written anything close to what I have and I can bring that to the attention of the agent. I will also be working on the query letter and synopsis. This needs to be done with the utmost care so I have a clear idea who and what I am dealing with.
I still cannot believe I am done. The hardest thing is waiting on the feedback. You get excited to see what people like, hate, don't understand, etc. Once I get that I will see what should be taken into consideration and applied. Also, saying good bye to these characters that I have created with care and love will be hard. I have enjoyed telling their stories and will miss them
The next novel has its own notebook and has already been started. The truth is, the idea came to me awhile ago and I had done a sort of outline, so now I get to hunker down with it. I am excited, but I may not start on it until next week. The rest of this week will be the agent research and client reading.
I finished Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne which had come highly recommended. I have not had a book give me nightmares in years so that was a plus. Very hard to put down as it kept you riveted. Fantastic.
Thanks for joining me on this adventure so far, it will be interesting to see how far we go.