Wednesday, December 24, 2008

THE END!

I finished my first novel today (grin). I finally wrote the words, "THE END!"

What a terrific feeling! I just sent the final chapter off to my critique partner. I have a list of revisions I know I need to make. Once my revisions are complete, I have a fresh reader lined up to critique for plot and character consistency. In the meantime, I'll write a synopsis and query letter. I already know who I'd like to send it to first!

I know this is only the beginning of what could be a very long journey, but it's one I feel prepared and committed to make. I've been looking forward to joining those in the trenches (and secretly hoping I won't be there very long). I'm ready to push my firstborn out of the nest and into the publishing world. And while I wait, I've got the bones of a another novel calling to me, and I have ideas for future novels as well.

What a great way to end a year!
Merry Christmas!

11 comments:

Angela said...

Congrats! What a great Christmas gift to yourself!!

Rena said...

Yay Nora! Congratulations and the best of luck with your novel!

novaren said...

I said it at Verla's, but I must say it again here: Congrats on finishing today! And right before the New Year! That's awesome!

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thank you! I'm still grinning!

Brianna Caplan Sayres said...

Hurray, Nora! What a wonderful feeling that must be!

Brenda said...

Congrats!!! What a great way to end the year...

Happy Holidays and Lots of Hugs...

Africakid said...

Merry Christmas!
Way to go -- finishing your novel. That's a huge piece of work.
Enjoy the last bit of December. And thanks for stopping by my blog!

Laurie

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks again, all! Now it's time to do some hard edits, tighten up the manuscript, and send it out.

BTW - Laurie, I love your blog!

Chocolateer said...

This is a belated Congrats (so, it fits the theme of most of what I do..."late"). But a HUGE Congrats nonetheless!!!

CJ Raymer said...

YAY!!!! Major congrats to you, Nora! I know you must feel absolutely fabulous! The best to you. XOXO CJ

Nora MacFarlane said...

Thanks again, everyone! I've started 1st round revisions. I'm about 1/2 way finished. I have a reader who is in the process of doing a hard edit - plot, characterization, places he lost interest, what he likes, etc. We are working hard to finish in time so I can submit to Firebrand's Query Holiday. I'm heading for the trenches!