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  • April 28th, 2006 | 8:39 AM
D for Done!

At 10pm last night I finished my last run through of the galley pages for Hugging the Rock. Today they are on their way back to my editor. The next time I see it, it will be a real book!

It was nice to know, as other LJers have mentioned of late, that I still love my characters, that I still feel their pain and their hope, and that I am very proud of the book. It was also nice to know that it feels done. Time to cut the apron strings and move on.

accomplished
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ohhjuliet
April 28th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
Wow! And yay!

I can't wait until I have one of my own in my hands... *someday*

susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Come September!
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susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great? Are you still floating on your own cloud?
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susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Each little stage is something to celebrate. We (my husband and I) celebrate every aspect of the process.

There are also little stressors, too...hoping the right version of the acknowledgments made it to the final book, noticing that the excerpt in the catalog is not from the final version,

Oh yikes. I had a couple of those thoughts too. On the pass before that I had misspelled the name of someone in the acknowledgements - not goo. And this time I have had such fears about my line breaks and commas and the word AND that I changed things, changed them back, wrote my editor in a panic (who marvelously assured me that she would not let me ruin the book) and finally just said I was done.

and now, hoping to god I didn't "accidentally internalize" something from another popular book!

As if we didn't already have enough to worry about. I had a dream last night that someone said I "accidentally internalized" two entries into a contest. And my name was on them and my LJ picture was on them but they weren't mine. They weren't even in categories that I would ever write in or enter. I woke up feeling very out of control.
dorihbutler
April 28th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Do you like going through galleys? It's not my favorite time...I always see way too many things I WANT to change, but know I can't.
susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
You know this time through I was really done. I think because the next character from the next book is starting to talk pretty loud and demand her fair share of attention. If I didn't have something else to dive into I would be more inclined to want to play with old words.

But maybe not. The early responses on the book have been really nice and I'm darn afraid of screwing it up. :-)

dorihbutler
April 28th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have never experienced that feeling of "being done." Not even when I have other projects to be working on. I can't even do a reading without revising as I'm reading. :)

Glad to hear the early responses have been positive!
kestrella
April 28th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! It must feel great to get to this stage with a book.
susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you and oh yes it does. It feels great.
slatts
April 28th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
The next time I see it, it will be a real book!


THAT
must be a very exciting feeling!
susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Pretty much the next best thing to seeing the real book.
beverlyjean
April 28th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yea! Congrats! Also, good luck with your next book.
susanwrites
April 28th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
allycatophile
April 28th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!! Congratulations, I cannot WAIT to read it!
cocoskeeper
April 28th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Congrats on feeling "complete." :) Have fun "moving on." :)
mackatlaw
April 28th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hey
You know, the best posts are friend-locked. Introduce yourself, and I'll add you. :)

Mack
jadedmetaphor
April 28th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yahoo! Congrats :-D
peacebound
April 29th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Congrats, Susan!

Have I mentioned I love this title? :)
bostonerin
April 29th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations!! Enjoy your celebration. I can't wait to read it!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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