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Hi Everyone!

Hope you're having a lovely summer. I just returned from hubby's family reunion in Arizona where it poured rain, but we had canopies up and just kept on going, eating, talking, and having our very own mini Family Olympics, complete with medals and cheers in celebration of the Summer 2012 world-wide Olympics.

The day before I left town I received my first editorial letter from my brand new editor at my brand new publisher, Harpercollins. Exciting stuff! It's really happening! My book of eight years of research and writing and revising, of selling and then not selling (long story I won't go into here) is scheduled for Fall 2013. And I've recently learned that it will be a LEAD TITLE!!! Wow. It's hard to take that in. My little ole book is important to a major publisher like Harpercollins. I'm blown away, thrilled to pieces, grateful and humbled.

The pressure is on to make it rise even higher in story/plot and suspense and writing and characterization. I want it to sparkle, shimmer and shine. I want readers to enjoy it. Actually I want readers to LOVE it and talk about it to everyone they know like crazy! Ha! I want them to fall in love right along with Jayden and Kadesh. I want them to feel the sweat and danger and hardships of desert life in 1750 BC. I want them to belly dance and shimmy their hips right along with Jayden in the fragile and emotional world of the women and the goddess temples.

So I'm reading my 8 page, single-spaced letter, digesting the pencil-edited manuscript, and am going to begin my own personal compilation of notes for the changes I need to make. About several pages worth. Even though I refer to the editorial letter often, I usually like to do one of my own. As I accomplish each task or goal, I can cross it off and feel that I'm making progress.

I also take the number of pages - 325 - and divide them by the number of days I have been given to do the work - 20 Days Total, Mondays thru Saturdays (I never work Sundays) - and then I know how much I need to do each day. For this project this means I need to revise 16.25 pages per day. Which doesn't sound like much, but there are some big questions to answer, dozens of them, and I will be focusing on plot, character, setting and timeline for each and every scene. So the pages will be painstaking to cut and line-edit as well as enlarging and honing.

The work usually begins slowly, tentatively, because I haven't worked on this book for over a year, and that was just a light edit before my agent submitted the project to editors (the trilogy sold in a significant deal in 2.5 weeks!). The last time I did any sort of bigger changes to this book was about 15-16 months ago. During these past many months I've written another book, gone through editorial production with it as well as written two new proposals for my editor at Scholastic so my head has been elsewhere for a long time.

So, as I begin, I cling to the first paragraph of my editorial letter and my new and brilliant editor's generous words:

"When I first read this, it was unlike anything I had read in a long time. It thoroughly captivated me—the setting, the culture, the romance . . . You have a wonderfully complex, deep story here . . . a sweeping epic romance!

Smiling and chewing my fingernails at the same time!



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Jul. 25th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this bit of your journey - so exciting! Love to hear how others handle the workload and relish each part of the process (taking Sundays off is a great idea - of course, now when I'm working full-time).

Best of luck on revisions and I look forward to reading your books!!
Jul. 25th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
Hi Kym, and thank you so much! I love reading about other writers process, too. I find it all fascinating how each person works and their editors.

It's nice to see you here and thanks for commenting. I've been scarce on LJ, I mostly blog at www.kimberleygriffithslittle.blogspot.com and I'm on FB every day. :-)

You're teaching, right? Are you still writing? I'm afraid I haven't kept up with all my friends here, but I remember everybody and wonder what they're all doing. And I do see you on Facebook now and then. ;-)

Take care!

Jul. 26th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
I haven't gone on LJ very often either, but want to start blogging more regularly. I wrote a post today in fact, which is how I saw yours. So excited for you! And yes, I'm still writing and hoping for my big break. You are my inspiration. :)
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Well, gosh, thanks, Kym. I'm happy to be inspiring someone! So many other writers (like you too!) have helped me along the way.

I'm also glad to hear that you're still writing. Off to check out your post now!
Jul. 26th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
That's super exciting that your book is a lead title. Every time you talk about this book, you just intrigue me all the more. I can't wait to be able to read it.
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you! That's so great to hear. It's sure been awhile in the making and publishing. I kept thinking it would happen in 2011 and then 2012, and now it's 2013. Hopefully the timing will be perfect. :-)

2013 will be a crazy busy year. I'll be publishing my 3rd book with Scholastic in April, too. And writing two more books for 2014. Whew!

Hope you're good!
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
Wow that is a busy year! But it also sounds exciting.

Doing good over here. This year has been my crazy busy year. We moved across the country from NY to CA and are finally starting to feel settled. But we love it out here. I'm also slowly getting back into my writing. It's been so long. I feel so rusty. But I'll get there. :)
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, moving clear across the country! Where in CA are you? I was born in San Francisco and grew up in the East Bay Area. That's a huge life change. I'm so glad you're writing again, too. It does feel strange when it's had to take a back seat for awhile, but I hope you get your groove back fast! :-) I've noticed an odd phenomenon though, because every single day feels like overcoming some kind of inertia to get going on the day's writing. It's so easy to put it off and check Facebook. Or make cookies!
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry, forgot to sign in for that last comment.
Jul. 26th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
What wonderful news that your book is going to be the lead title - congratulations!

Glorious first paragraph of the letter too - wow! There's some positivity to hold onto while you tackle the rewrites.

I'm facing my own rewrites at the moment - having completed the first draft of my WIP, I've realised I wrong the wrong book, so after a month shut away in the pickle jar, the manuscript will be brought out again this weekend so I can set to work on it, finding the REAL book!
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jenny! I love your word "glorious" - YES. And us writers do hold on to those tiny snippets of positivity to get us through the other 99% of tough stuff. ;-)

And yikes for you! But you know, we all write the wrong book first in so many way and then rewrite again and again to bring out the real book. Good luck to you!!!
Jul. 27th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
Thank you :O) It SO helps to hear that other writers have been here too. I know they have, of course, but when you're in the middle of the tanglewood, it's easy to beleive you're all alone.

Here's to holding on to the positivity!
Aug. 27th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
the healing spell
hi , i just got done reading "the healing spell". awesome story. very touching. i couldn't believe it was over. i wish there was a sequel or something. i'd like to know how mamma woke up, how strong the love between mamma and livie grew, and just some happy or sad moments that happened after mamma woke up. it's sad to know that there is no part 2 to "the healing spell". unless it's somewhere and i just don't know about it. anyway it was an awesome book.
Aug. 29th, 2013 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: the healing spell
Thank you SO much for this lovely comment about The Healing Spell. I'm so thrilled you loved it.

I don't have an exact sequel, but my next book CIRCLE OF SECRETS is about Miz Mirage, the traiteur, who lives in the swamp and her daughter, Shelby Jayne. It's another touching story with a lot of danger, a drowning, and a ghost - and there is a little something about Livie and her Mamma at the end of CIRCLE OF SECRETS that you will probably like! Hope you get a chance to read it! Let me know. You can always email me directly at kglittle at msn.com

You can see CIRCLE OF SECRETS and my brand new book WHEN THE BUTTERFLIES CAME here: http://www.amazon.com/Kimberley-Griffiths-Little/e/B000APMZIU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Have a great day!
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