so you think writing is easy?

I have finished the edits!

To Katie With Love is ready to roll, and I am delighted.  (For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out Chapter One under the books tab.)

My main task at hand now is to send out my finished query letters to prospective agents—a necessary, although perhaps not as fun, part of writing.  The idea is to get my books read, and this next step is entirely in my hands. 

I have been blessed with a hand full of trusted friends who have had the pleasure (or so they say) of reading the entire novel and the reviews have been stellar!  Now I need to put a little sweat equity into the mix and start marketing the final product. 

Whew…being a writer is NOT just putting pen to paper (or words on a screen)…it’s so much more than that…

First you come up with a story that makes sense…hopefully some three dimensional characters that come to life on the page...and then you begin to weave them together into a vivid tapestry that breathes all on its own.  Your fingers fly across the keyboard like flames dancing in the dark as your story unfolds before you. 

And this is just the beginning.

Next come the edits…and more edits.  Once you reach a point where you are satisfied, you should probably put it down for a few days and then read it all again…you’ll find something new to fix. 

Then it’s time to write the dreaded query letter to attract interest in your new baby. 

If you’re lucky, someone will ask you for the first 50 pages…and you will sweat bullets waiting to discover if they want to read the rest…

And this is nowhere near the end.

This is where I am…the dreaded query letter.  And mine are going out first thing in the morning.  Wish me luck…I might need it!

Until the next time…I’ll be querying!

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Posted on July 1, 2011 .