Today, between Conference sessions, I finally finished my novel. I made some changes to my query letter and summary. The changes were necessary in order to be more concise and logical. Then it happened, I submitted to Deseret Books. Please say a prayer they like my story and want to publish it. It would mean so much to me.
I started this novel in mid-January I wrote the first draft, a very rough draft, in four months. When I finished that first draft I had around 55,000 words. Now that it is finished and submitted, it has a total of 87,934 words. What a big difference editing has had on my novel. I added over 32K words, almost a whole novel worth of words. The smallest novel is 40,000 words. Mine is more than double that, but after the first draft it was barely over that amount. A writer friend of mine said a normal size novel is from 60-90,000 words. I'm at the top amount. I'm not sure if that is good or not, but I certainly do hope so.
I want to thank several people for their help throughout this process and journey of mine. First is author Emily Mah Tippetts. She would offer words of encouragement when needed and praise when I did something really good. I appreciate that. Second is Laura DeLange Bastian, who was kind enough to read my novel and act as editor. He suggestions for changes and additions was greatly appreciated and acted upon. It made my story so much better and my writing so much tighter. Third I want to thank two people who read for me. The first friend is my long time friend Theresa Lynette Friel Newbury and Philomena Callan. They both read for me, but did not edit. The read to tell me if they were interested in the story. They both liked it. It kept me going.
Now that the novel as been submitted I can relax. But just for a little while. I can relax and enjoy some non-writing time. I can maybe get a book read now instead of write write write. I will keep you updated on the progress of my novel as I hear things.
Thank you for following me and being their to support me.
Brenda Birch Gallaher
Author, An English Summer