Sunday, June 6, 2010

I'm DONE!

Yay! I just finished my current manuscript, PLATINUM DIARIES. I sat down on Saturday morning and said I would not get up until my novel was finished. As I’d said that the weekend before Memorial Day, I meant it this time. And wouldn’t you know, 5900 words later, I was finished my rough draft!

Whew, I’m tired, but also excited. I know I’m going to find a lot to change, cut or expand on and that editorial process always gets my juices flowing. I’m excited to let people read it because Platinum Diaries is significantly different from my last manuscript, LIGHT BRINGERS.

So now my plan is to let it sit for about six to eight weeks and then read over it and cut, chop, change. Then I’ll line up some beta buddies and hopefully, I can be off to query land or query hell, however you want to look at it. Personally, I can’t wait to query, but I will, as I only have one chance to make a first impression.

So tell me, how long do you let your first draft sit before you go at it with the machete? And if anyone is looking for a query letter or YA paranormal ms to beta, drop me a line!

10 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Woohoo!!! Congratulations! Pop open the champagne :)

I tend to let mine sit for a month or so. I need that little bit of distance to really 'see' it. By then, I'm chomping at the bit to get back to it too.

Meika said...

Congrats! I just finished my first draft last weekend. It's a GREAT feeling, isn't it?

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Finishing your draft is the BEST feeling! Congratulations! Enjoy it before you jump into revisions:-)

Stephanie said...

I am usually too excited to let it sit for long! :) Week or two, maybe.

Vatche said...

Hello, Karen, I'm a new follower, but I'm glad that you finished your manuscript! I also like the look to your site. As for answering your question, I bring in the machete after six months usually. Anyway, congrats again and write on!

Kelly Lyman said...

Congrats on finishing your rough draft! It is such an awesome feeling!

Angie said...

Congratulations! I finished my WIP this weekend too, so I know how great it feels. I think six to eight weeks sounds good. I let my first novel sit for ten years, but I wouldn't recommend that!

Karen Denise said...

Thanks guys! It's good to see that quite a few of us finished up novels this weekend. And it looks like we're pretty much on the same page with the hold time before we take the axe to our baby. I don't know that I could wait 6months like Vatche, or ten years like Angie (lol), but I can do 6-8 wks.
I'll keep you all posted on my edit process!

Falen said...

Yay congrats! I hope you did a "The end" dance

prashant said...

Congrats! I just finished my first draft last weekend
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