Joy sighs…..I originally began writing this book at least six months ago. The original outline flowed from my brain with little effort. Unfortunately, what I was left wit was simply the shell of a book, nothing more. I sent it out as is to about 10 different people, hoping to find some burst of inspiration to finish it. That is precisely what I happened. Most people, likely thinking my book was an unfinished idea, more than a book….didn’t respond. Fortunately, a few people did. They provided feedback and encouraged me to finish.
Because i had never written a book (other than my children’s books) I found the idea daunting. I found myself floundering, not really understanding what the process is supposed to look like. That is when I realize that I definitely needed an editor. I found one. She is incredible. From her feedback, i realized the following: I mad assumptions that other people shared the same knowledge base I was working from, I didn’t always complete my ideas, I needed to improve transition and flow, ideas were often abandoned when I felt overwhelmed and that I had not bothered to back up my own thoughts and opinions with research or statistics.
The first process nearly mad me cry. It was incredibly daunting, overwhelming and almost made me cry. However, instead of giving in o self pity, I chose to force myself to go forward. I did. Yesterday, after hours upon hours of writing, researching, revising, writing, researching, revising,.. ….you get the picture….I submitted my final rough draft to my editor for review. I was bracing myself, expecting her to say something like :nice start, but now it’s time for the real work…” Joy takes another sigh of relief….My editor, Amy Scott from Nomad Editorial Services, approved my rough draft! She has started copy editing…
There is still more work to be done, but the end is insight and quite honestly, I am feeling incredibly proud of myself for seeing this through! No matter the success of my book, I finished it! It is a good feeling. I am about to start my next book! This is an exciting time for me….I am truly enjoying the process…..Thank you to those of you who have supported me along this journey! From my heart to yours, Joy