Just wanted to give a quick update, since I haven't written a post in nearly a month. I've been working with my editor friend, Lisa, for quite a while now, but the last month was really a push to finish.
I feel like An Untold Want (formerly known as Counting Crows) is done. Lisa is doing another run through edit, and there may be some little things, but nothing that should take another year of editing. I'm happy with the story as it currently exists. I added some things, deepened some things, and explained some things that make it a richer, more satisfying tale.
I know I've told my friends that I've been working on this novel for nearly ten years, but I thought hard about it the other night, after Dustin teased me, and, really, when I started my current 9-to-5 job six years ago, I only had three chapters written. Today, An Untold Want is thirty-one chapters, plus five diary excerpts [from ancestors], a total of 129,244 hard earned words. Plus in that six years, I've also taken a lot of breaks, while -- *sigh* --waiting for agents to reject me, including time to write Couillon and to start my new novel.
I had planned on submitting this novel to Amazon on Summer Solstice, but since it's still in the hands of one last agent, I want to wait and see what happens with that. If nothing else, I'd love to say I'm in the good-ol'-boys'-club. I'd also love to have a physical copy [or twenty] of my book to put on my book shelves.
But if I get another reject before August 1st [Lughnassahd], then it will be going on Amazon on that date.
Lughnassahd is the first of the Celtic harvest holidays, the time to reap what has been sown. Growing time turns to gathering time, which seems like an appropriate time to release a novel. Maybe it will help me reap some rewards, as in royalties. Who knows? It certainly doesn't hurt. As Maggie says, I'm praying to whichever god/dess is listening.