This afternoon, listening to Gregorian chant on headphones in a futile attempt to drown out the sounds of my children bouncing off the walls with our babysitter and two of the girls in the next room, the baby wiggling happily in my lap, I typed the period on the last sentence of my book.
It’s important to note that it’s only a rough first draft; there’s still a daunting amount of editing and revision to do before I send it to my agent, and after that there will undoubtedly be tons more work before he starts shopping it to publishers. But having a completed first draft is an exciting and important step!
For those of you who are interested in stats, it’s fifteen chapters and 78, 400 words (that’s 210 pages in 12-point font), though that will probably change quite a bit by the time I’m done with revisions.
I’d like to raise a virtual glass of champagne to all of you, who have been a constant source of inspiration to me throughout the process, and for whom I’m writing the book in the first place. I really cannot tell you how much I appreciate your prayers and support.
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