Saturday, February 2, 2008

Doing the Snoopy dance

Sometimes joy just wells up and it has to be expressed. When this happens, I always think of this picture of Snoopy dancing. Head thrown back, arms out, completely surrendering to the joy inside. For those of you that have actually seen me, I realize the mental picture might be more than you bargained for. LOL Just focus on the Snoopy.
This is the way I feel today. I have been working on a project for over five years, and it's finally done. Today, I finished my book. The story is written. And rewritten. And edited. And then rewritten. And then professionally edited. And rewritten. Then proofed one more time. And rewritten. And now we're done! I can't believe it. I've loved this story and then been sick of this story and then hated this story and now I love it again!
It's not really done of course. I mean, the book's finished. Now I have to write a cover letter (some say that's more important than the book itself) and send it off to two publishers who are not breathlessly waiting for it. But they have asked to take a look. So I'll send it off with my cover letter, synopsis and bio and then wait. I could be waiting a long time. I may never hear from them. But I think I will.
Eventually, even if (when) I get a contract, there will be more editing to do. Probably three or four more edits if I understand correctly. But someday, someday, my book will be sitting on the shelf of your local Christian bookstore. And now we're back to the Snoopy dance!
Come on, you know you want to. No one's looking. Tip your head back, stretch out your arms and do the Snoopy thing with me. I won't tell!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on finishing, Jill! I know your hard work and determination will not go unrewarded. Now, just remember how encouraging I am now when that Christian best-seller hits the shelves. In other words, don't forget to send me a personally autographed, "hot off the presses" copy!!

    "Now we are so happy, we do the dance of JOY!!" -- Balki from Perfect Strangers


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