It was late Friday evening, and Susan J. Reinhardt and I were on the phone, discussing and editing portions of our book. Ideas are flowing, ideas are not flowing, Microsoft Word is cooperating, Microsoft Word is not cooperating. A new idea surfaces, and we get off track and head down an interesting but not super productive rabbit trail.
(If you happened to miss the post about our collaborative project, click here.)
We're tired, we have the chapters under review about memorized, and we need to finish the task because we've got a deadline. I'm the evening's designated typist, and I am working to keep up with our revisions, making sure they are recorded accurately. Amidst our laughing, groaning, and tossing words about, the phrase "Don't try this at home" pops into my head. So, not one to keep important thoughts from my co-author, I said it out loud, garnering a good laugh from Susan.
Yes, that's us, two regular adventurers, taking the plunge into the land of the historical fiction novel. What's the rush on the edits? Well, Susan just got back from a writer's conference in Philadelphia. While there, she met with agents and editors. We wanted to test the waters and see if there was any interest in our book, so Susan pitched it to them. We were thrilled when an agent and an editor were interested. So the flurry of activity this week in PA and KY - that was us, working to tweak and refine before sending our chapters off.
I'd be remiss if I failed to mention a few things that pushed us through - perseverance, prayer, and chocolate. Don't jump out of the plane without them!
Susan is sharing more details about her conference experience today on her blog. There was interest in Susan's other manuscript, too, so it was a productive weekend for her. Congrats, Susan! If you have a minute, hop over and say hello. She'd love to see you.
What writing adventures have you had lately?
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