Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG & A Completed Manuscript



Hello and Happy July! Hard to believe we are now officially halfway through 2018, isn't it? Today is a rare Tuesday meeting day for The Insecure Writer's Support Group. The group was founded by our Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. To view list members and this month's co-hosts, visit the IWSG page here.

My insecurities have taken a backseat lately as I had a productive June and managed to actually finish my editing of A Killing in Kennecott! I set a goal to finish by the end of the month and to my amazement I not only met the goal but submitted the manuscript a few days early. I am so excited to have the story in the hands of the publisher now!

The long-abandoned Kennecott post office, which plays a key role in my story
I'm super attached to this story now after more than three years of working on it, so normally I'd be totally insecure about the publisher and everyone else hating it even though I love it. But for now I'm managing to keep those voices at bay by working on my Paris story. So far, so good!

I'm feeling good and optimistic and I'm hoping to keep riding these feelings through the second half of the year. My goal now is to have a first draft of the Paris story done by then so I hope I can share good news again when we get to December.

For now I hope this new month finds you all well. Happy 4th of July to my American friends!



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  1. That's great you finished early and still feel good about it!

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    1. Thanks, Alex! It's kind of amazing to me that I do LOL.

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  2. That's awesome that you finished your manuscript and it's with your publisher. That's a great accomplishment!

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  3. Woohoo! Such awesome news about A Killing in Kennecott! Glad you were able to meet your goal in the timeframe you hoped for. ^_^

    And best of luck with your Paris story--been intrigued about that one since you first started posting about it!

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    1. I hope I am able to finish the Paris story now. Thanks so much!

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  4. Excellent, Julie! :)

    Love the Snoopy and Woodstock pic! I guess Snoopy isn't bothered by noisy fireworks....

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    1. I wish poor Clancy could be as chill about them as Snoopy is. Rough holiday for my pup!

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  5. Congrats! Love that feeling of getting a project done. I'm actually in that in-between place again where I'm fiddling with what to work on next while I await news on full requests and queries.

    Have a great 4th of July!

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    1. Thanks, Luanne! Same to you and your family. :)

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  6. Well done on your progress last month. I love seeing that picture of the post office and knowing that you've woven it into your story. Very cool.

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    1. Thanks! I love old pics and there are so many cool ones of the Kennecott town.

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  7. Happy 4th! Good on you for turning to the next project! I'm hoping you find a home for this one though, and that they love it as much as you do.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! Fingers and toes crossed. And Happy 4th to you as well. :)

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  8. Happy 4th! I'm so glad your confidence is strong! Way to go with your writing and life!

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  9. Woohoo! Good job achieving your goal! That's awesome!

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  10. Cool shot of that old post office:) And Happy 4th of July! :)

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    1. Glad you like it, I love the pic. Thanks so much and Happy 4th to you too, Mark!

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  11. Hooray for finishing your edits...and for having submitted the manuscript early! Yay! That's got to be a fantastic feeling.

    Best of luck with your Paris story.

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  12. Congrats on finishing your edits! What an accomplishment. I have a feeling the Paris story is finally going to come through for you. It's been percolating. Love the shot of the post office, btw.

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  13. Between the picture and the description, this book sounds wonderful, Julie. Congrats for moving it off your desk!

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  14. Congrats! Keep the voices where they belong...far far away. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. I hope so, they are banished for now LOL. Thanks, Anna!

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS on having your new killer book in the publisher's hands. I have no doubt that it'll be every bit as good as your earlier books.

    Have a bang-up 4th!!!

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  16. Yay for getting your story to your publisher! Best of luck writing the Paris book! Happy 4th!

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  17. Congratulations! Sending positive vibes your way to keep on going :)

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Always good to have those vibes. :)

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  18. Congrats on getting the edits done! Good luck writing the Paris story.

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  19. Hooray for your completion and submission of A Killing In Kennecott! And your Paris story sounds intriguing.

    Have a great 4th of July, Julie!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen, and I hope you have a great holiday too!

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  20. I'm over the moon happy for you, Julie. What a great place for you to be right now: done early, working on another piece, and full of excitement. Go you! Happy Fourth!

    Elsie

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  21. Congrats on getting your story to the publisher. That must feel great.

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  22. Good for you! It's great that you've finished your story and put it out there, and I wish nothing but the best for you.
    I can't believe it's already July either. It felt like June went by way too fast. I hope July goes by slowly because I'm enjoying having the summer off from teaching.

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    1. Thanks so much for your good wishes! And I know what you mean, it's quiet where I work during the summer so that's a nice break. But I hate the heat so much I'm still anxious for fall LOL.

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  23. YAY!!!!! So happy for you, Julie!! Your publisher will love it, and I can't wait to read it. It sounds like your writing is moving along smoothly...So good to hear that.

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  24. Congrats on the completion and submission of your story! Great news!
    As you know, I can't wait for the Paris story...

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  25. Congrats! It's a great feeling to not only meet but exceed our goals. Sounds like you're in a good place and I hope it continues.

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  26. Hi Julie - that sounds great ... and so well done. Good luck for the rest and now happy 4th - cheers Hilary

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  27. Congratulations and much success. Wahoo on the early submission. Happy IWSG!

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  28. Congrats, Julie, on finishing your story. That's exciting!!! When it's published, come visit my blog. Contact me at (dmburton72@gmail.com)

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    1. Oh, I will, thank you! I appreciate the offer, Diane!

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  29. Congratulations! I am so proud of you🍾. All the best with your new project. You can do it, Julie.

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  30. Nice job! You are so smart to use your energies on another stories rather than being anxious about the one at the publisher.

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  31. What a huge accomplishment! I'm so excited for you, Julie! I can't believe you already have another story in the works. You are really on a roll! Wishing you all the best!

    Julie

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  32. I am so glad that you had a productive month and finished your manuscript. Congrats!!

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    1. Just need to keep it up now - easier said than done for me sometimes LOL. Thanks, Chrys!

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  33. Woohoo! That's fantastic. I hope you enjoyed your Fourth and that July is being kind to you. :)

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    1. Thanks, Christine! And I hope this month has been kind to you and your family as well. :)

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  34. Yes! I totally get that feeling, and I'm feeling something similar today. I finished and submitted a manuscript. I know at this point there's nothing I can do to make it better or worse because it's submitted now. And I love it! I just love it. So, yes, I hope someone else loves it, but right now I'm going to pretend they will! :)

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