Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fly My Pretty, Fly....

by Julie

Today's the day!

I'll be turning in the manuscript for the fourth Manor House Mystery. I've titled it GRACE ON A PLANE, but I have no clue if Berkley will let that fly (heh, heh. Pun intended).

These last few weeks have been busy ones. Although I'd promised myself I would work ahead of schedule this time, I was still scrambling at the end.

The truth is, I had worked ahead, but a combination of unexpected interruptions coupled with a few planned interruptions that took more time than I'd anticipated, slowed me down some. I'll do better next time (I say that every year).

I can't speak for other authors but I always find it difficult to give the manuscript up when it's time to go. It's like dropping your baby off for the first day of kindergarten and having them shoot a forlorn glance over their shoulder, silently asking, "Are you sure about this?"

It's tough. Even now after I've turned in a bunch of manuscripts. Isn't that weird?

This story, Grace #4, is set up a little differently than my prior books. I wanted to take a chance and try something new. It's still first person, but the plot moves at a different pace. I hope you enjoy it. Ooh... let me not get ahead of myself ... I'd better hope my editor enjoys it first! Otherwise nobody will see it! LOL

Anyway, the manuscript -- all 320 pages of it -- will be emailed to her a few hours from now. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


Shel said...

It seems to be the week for finishing things - I'm finished with school. Yep that Bachelor's degree that has been taking up all my time for the last four years is DONE. I felt a bit like you when I hit "submit" on the capstone paper.

Aurian said...

Lol, you can always email it to me for a readers opinion ;)
Good luck Julie!

And be glad you was working ahead of time, otherwise you would have gotten behind schedule with all the not-planned events.

Jeannie D. said...

Good Luck Julie! I know they will love it, and besides I can't wait to read it. LOL!

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Fingers CROSSED! :)

Julie Hyzy said...

Woo-hoo!!! Congrats, Shel!!! You've been kicking butt with your classes and bringing home those fabulous grades throughout. Congrats! Isn't it nice to be done?

Aurian - Great idea! If I'd built in more lead time (it's due Saturday), I'd be able to impose ... er... ask for more opinions. As it is, two daughters have given me their suggestions for changes. Good ones, too!

Thanks so much, Jeannie!! I hope so!

Felicia - love your "Geeky Blogger" name. Thanks! My fingers are tightly crossed!

Adrienne said...

Julie, I await GRACE ON A PLANE (or whatever the title is!) with great anticipation. Your writing has never disappointed me and so I look forward to what Grace has in store for us. Hoping you've moved past the 'first day of kindergarten' and are excited about what the year will bring! Also hoping you can take a break now and then....Adrienne in MN