I just finished making the PDF of my manuscript. Chenda and the Airship Brofman is 336 pages long, and 106,683 words (not counting my headers). Yes. It’s finally done growing. Now, my biggest fear is someone asking me what can I cut.
I am now waiting for feedback from my few volunteer readers. My friend P-R is doing a wonderful job of finding mistakes in my manuscript. I send her a few chapters at a time, and she says you have a typo here – a hilarious homophone mistake here, and you call one character by the wrong name over there. I love that she does that. But, she goes beyond and adds great feedback. She cheers me on and questions where I am coming from in each chapter. It’s really, REALLY helpful stuff.
So, I am not sure how the manuscript went from 93K to over 106K in the editing process. I didn’t add that much, I’m sure. So now, I’ve lied in the two Query letters I sent out saying it was 93K. Seriously, how did I add 13 – THOUSAND words to the book without trying?
I have also started writing the synopsis, which is a new experience. My friend St.John Flynn-who used to host Cover to Cover on GPB, always would write a 6-9 page synopsis for the books he had on the show. I read several of them for the program. He was good at it. I know that now. I didn’t know that then. Like I said, this all is new territory. Difficult, shark infested, whole new world kind of territory.
I am looking forward to my first rejection letter. I sent off a bad query letter to an agency I am rather interested in, and I know they are going to reject me. They say they respond to every letter, so I think that this will be very cool. Who could have guessed that I would be excited about the rejections?
Let’s just have a little moment of THANKS TO GOD here for the inspiration and the follow through on this one. Now I can get back to blogging, that is until I get the brain wave on the second instalment of Chenda and the Airship Brofman.