The next step

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I finished writing the one book I always wanted to write. This month I’m planning to revisit it again, now that I’ve done several rounds of edits and have gotten feedback from a handful of readers. I’m still waiting to hear back from a few, and there’s still a lot to be done, but it’s moving forward.

It’s the scariest thing ever, moving forward with dreams. There’s just a few things to edit and change now, then it’s time for the parts I’ve always dreaded.
Writing a synopsis.
Writing a cover letter.
Writing queries.
These things shouldn’t be scary, but I guess they are because they’re for something near and dear to my heart, something I’ve been invested in for over a decade, something I want to see reach full fruition.

First, second, and fourth drafts of Serpent’s Tears

I’m also hard at work writing the second book in the series, which my early readers for the first are already begging me for. I’m excited to make progress with it, but the second book will have to wait a little bit longer to be finished. I have to wrap up the first of the trilogy before going much farther, after all! But I hope to finish the second book by the end of the year.

It’s amazing to look back at all the things that have happened this year already. Starting a new business venture, preparing for the possibility of a move to bigger house or even a different state! And there was our 6th marriage anniversary on Saturday, too. Time flies, and there’s never enough to spare for all the things I want to get done.

I created checklists and goal sheets for each month, and so far I’ve done pretty well at accomplishing things. July wasn’t perfect, but it was satisfying, and I’m hoping August will be just as successful, or more. Getting Serpent’s Tears ready for querying is a big step, but it’s one I’m glad to be taking, at the same time.

What comes after that, I’m not sure yet. More writing. Lots of waiting. Representation for my novel, hopefully. If not, more querying and maybe more polish for the writing.
And coffee.
Definitely, definitely coffee.

I hope you all will stick with me, because I’ll be sure to update everyone when queries are actually going out the door! Those nerves will be fun to read about for sure, huh?

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