Sunday, January 31, 2021, I sent an email with my manuscript attached. I received a confirmation and a call that it’s in the reviewing process.
The process of writing a book is long. I will admit this one didn’t take as long as Silent River, which took thirty-five years to get published. This book took me about six-eight months to complete. I did some plotting early in 2020 right after COVID hit and I was laid off my job.
Writing websites serve as helps to those who use them. In 2007 I joined Writing.com and I can’t begin to praise the writers there. I posted story after story. They critiqued my work and showed me what I needed to do to make the stories better. They also helped me to become a good reviewer/critic. This site gives me the opportunity to give back to those who helped me.
However, posting stories there may or may not get you the immediate response you need when you are writing a novel. I receive review request now and then. I didn’t ask for reviews from those who are on the site as I wanted a variety of responses. I submitted my chapters to The Write Practice.
This site isn’t free like writing.com is. You can’t earn your membership on TWP like you can with WdC. This site is set up to teach you how to get published. Joe Bunting has seminars, that run the gambit from learning to plot your novel to write 2 publish.
The Write Practice writers gave me great feed back with in a few hours/day. After I posted my chapter (or portion there of) I had to review three other writers before I could see my reviews. It helps everyone get noticed. In return I had a number of followers who reviewed my work as I posted. This kept me on track and gave helped me to be accountable for the weekly posting.
Once I finished the manuscript. I needed readers to tell me if I left holes in the plot, or changed names (which I did, thank you Molly G. for catching that) Then as I blogged last time, I edited it. I know there is no book that is perfect, but I will say this is the best I’ve produced so far and I’m still learning.
I have another plot I’m starting and a rewrite for a friend that’s in progress.
Thank you all for following my blog and supporting my writing.