The Joy of Finishing a Race

October 15, 2012

No, not a footrace. Not this time. Today my joy comes from knowing that I said I would polish my superhero book and send it to Harper Voyager during their open submission window. The window closed at midnight Sunday and I submitted my book at 10:15pm.


I worked 5-16 hours a day (mostly 8-12 hrs) for the last two weeks moving scenes around, finding plot holes, fixing problems, and tweaking word choices. Whew! But the book is GOOD! Really good! I cried writing the second to last scene!

So here's the way it works. The publisher says to wait three months for them to contact you if they like your book. If you don't hear from them, they aren't interested. That gives me till mid-January to give it to my editor for one more polish, create a book cover, and consider all the tasks on my self-publishing checklist.

If Harper Voyager doesn't take the book (it may or may not be right for them; they published Game of Thrones, after all), then YOU will be able to buy the book in February! Yay!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a long-awaited date with my bed. I'm exhausted, but so so happy! Thanks for enjoying my excitement! 🙂


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  1. Hi Kitty, congratulations on your print book! It must have been a very exciting and rewarding journey. I just wanted to tell you I think your story could turn into a really valuable seminar on the writer festivals circuit, I really do. We just had the Singapore Writer’s Festival here and I think a session on how you did it would be fantastic, just saying! Perhaps you could check out how to get yourself onto the guest list and see what happens!

    I hope you are well. I’m also still writing madly and have a mentor based in Sydney now who is a tremendous help. My writing has come a long way in the past couple of years. It’s all about the journey, isn’t it!

    Take care, happy Christmas to you both,

    Ann xxx

    1. Ann!!!! How great to hear from you!! Thanks for the congrats! I’m still over the moon excited! LOL!! I used to speak at writer’s conferences regularly, several times a year, but with all the moving around the last few years I haven’t been able to do it. I miss it, though, and I decided to get involved again starting next year. So thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

      I’m excited to hear your writing is improving so much! Yay! That’s what you’d wanted! I think about you and pray for you every now and then. 🙂 It’s great to hear that you are well.

      A very happy Christmas to you, too!! Thanks for staying in touch! Miss you!

      Love and Hugs!
      Kitty 🙂


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