Here is the start of The Indianapolis Mini Marathon---the nation's largest half marathon. I'm proud to be a tiny speck in this 2009 picture of over 35,000 runners. See me? I'm there. Green shirt, blue shorts.
I was so excited to start, thrilled about being part of this amazing group of individuals ready to run 13.1 miles together through the streets of Indianapolis.
This is a lot like the feeling an author gets when signing a contract to publish a novel. All that hard work preparing the manuscript pays off when a publishers accepts your book.
The race is ready to begin!
The first few miles are fast, fun, and furious---my favorite part of the run. Running elbow to elbow, worming your way through the craziness. The energy is high and the miles fly by.
In writing, designing cover art is my favorite part of the early stages of publishing. I gather all my ideas, run them by my critique partners, and then submit them to my awesome cover artist, Fiona Jayde.
The reality of everything sinks in when you run past mile 4...and when I get to see my cover for the first time
The photographers snapped this one of me in 2009.
First round edits is about the half way point in publishing. When you finish writing the story, you're only half done. Rounds of editing begin. Receiving edits can be bitter sweet. The 'perfect' manuscript turned in is returned with all kinds of comments, minor fixes, and suggestions for possible, dare I say, rewritten sections. Authors dive in and work side by side with the editor, fixing and creating a manuscript even better than the first.
Although second and third round edits make fewer changes in the story, it doesn't get easier. I find errors in spelling, word usage, extra spaces, formatting issues, and many more 'little things' that I want fixed before the final read through.
There it is. A half mile ahead. The finish line. A week before release.
Final reads of an edited manuscript are just as grueling. I end up questioning every little thing. I read sections out loud and wonder, "Does this really sound right?" "Will my readers understand the underlying meaning?" "Will they even like the book?" I spent hours upon hours reading and rereading each and every page.
Finally done! I cross the finish line. I attach my final galley to an email addressed to my editor and press send.
A feeling of euphoria settles in. Finishers medal around my neck and ebook on my Kindle...I finished.
Within minutes, I'm thinking about next year's race....and typing another chapter in my next novel.
COMING NEXT WEEK***Sept 30th, 2015***
Soul Mate Publishing Releases My Second Novel.
Book Two of The Souls Trilogy
HUGE Thanks to all of the people who have helped me on this writing journey and especially to my running friends.