Saturday, May 14, 2022

"You're Almost in Labor!" A Celebration of Stages

 If you're reading this and have been pregnant for nine long months, or if you've been close to someone during that-seemingly-endless amount of time waiting for a baby, then you know how pregnant mamas look forward to their delivery date.

Many people compare publishing a book to having a baby. So, when I contacted Rebecca Kurta, Elliott Kurta's mom (my frequent middle grade guest blogger) about giving a copy of Half-Truths to Elliott, she made the baby comparison. When I explained that although I'm close, my book is still not ready to be delivered, she wanted to know what else was left for me to do. 

Thanks to Lori Steel, who suggested printing out
a close-to-final draft so it looks and feels like a book.

I told her there are just a few "simple" things that happen next.

  • I've hired Deborah Halverson, a free-lance editor (who came  highly recommended from Harold Underdown) to comb through the manuscript and find any issues with the plot, the character's voice, deep point-of-view, tension, stakes, etc. 
  • Once Deborah returns the manuscript, she and I will talk.
  • I'll incorporate her feedback. I will get my baby as spotless as possible.
  • I'll hire a copy editor to make sure it's formatted perfectly.
  • THEN...I'll start submitting to agents. Over the years I've assembled a list. Now will be the time to perfect my query letter and polish my synopsis.
  • THEN...I'll get busy with my next project and try not to obsessively check my email for agent responses. I have 3 picture books that I'm working on as well as an idea for a nonfiction graphic novel. 
  • And THEN...I hope my agent-to-be finds a publishing house who will embrace Half-Truths.
  • And THEN...I tell y'all about it! 
After I sent the manuscript to Deborah this week, I felt empty. The next day I felt relieved as I realized just how much Half-Truths has consumed my thinking for umpteen years!

Yesterday I celebrated this step of my writing journey by delivering the manuscript to two teen beta readers.


 

I gave one copy to my granddaughter
Caitlin K.,




and another to Elliott.


On my way out the door, Rebecca said, "You're almost in labor!" Thanks, Rebecca, for that reminder to celebrate every stage of my writing journey.

And today, I'm sharing this milestone with you, my faithful blog readers. 
      
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Congratulations to Lisa Fowler who won EQUAL from the "Pick-Your-Own-Book" post.

Remember! Look for more Middle Grade posts on Greg Pattridge's MMGM blog on Monday!









31 comments:

Eileen Heyes said...

Congratulations! What an exciting moment. I hope your editor and beta readers give you all the final sparks you need to set the literary world ablaze with this story. More celebrations ahead!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Eileen. You've been with me from the beginning!

Joan Y. Edwards said...

Dear Carol,

How exciting for you to share with us about your upcoming book Half-Truths- I am very proud of you. Good luck and getting your baby published.

Never give up,
Joan

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Joan, for being one of my cheerleaders!!

Rosi said...

Congratulations. That is a great step forward.

Sarah's Book Reflections said...

May you have a quick and painless delivery.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Sarah. I'm not so sure about that since this "baby" has been gestating for over 10 years--but let's hope so!!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Rosi. You know what this journey is like!

Jilanne Hoffmann said...

Congrats on taking this big step! After all this work, I hope that delivery will be a breeze!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Jilanne. I know you know the feeling--and I appreciate your support.

Mona Voelkel said...

Congratulations!! I love how you said how much your project has consumed you!!! YES!!! I have never worked so hard since I started writing! Keep us posted! Good luck!!! Can't wait till your "baby" is in the world for all of us to hold!!

Max @ Completely Full Bookshelf said...

Congrats on officially finishing your draft, Carol! That's so exciting, and it's great that you'll be getting feedback from editors/beta readers and approaching querying. Thanks so much for sharing!

Gail Hurlburt said...

I am so EXCITED for you! I want to KNOW when the "birthing" takes place! Congratulations on being close to delivery!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Gail. Everyone's support means so much to me. YOu'll find out--for sure!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Max! I appreciate your support.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Mona. That was so sweet of you--I hadn't taken the analogy that far. How wonderful it will be when others hold my baby!! :)

Trish said...

Congratulations Carol!! You’ve come so far and I admire so much your perseverance and attention to detail, getting specific information and feedback from so many! Exciting that it’s ready for the editor!! Blessings!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Trish, for your encouragement along the way!

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's so awesome that your manuscript is ready to send to an editor and beta readers. I hope you start entering my giveaway contests for a query critique by agents. You might win and get some good feedback on your query letter. I'm a few pages from finishing my first draft of a manuscript. It's exciting.

Beth said...

What a surprise you have to anticipate! I can imagine you hugging your "baby"! What inspiration for us pre-published writing friends, Carol.

Greg Pattridge said...

You are moving forward and that is all that matters. I've always found feedback from young readers to be helpful and direct. Thanks for being a part of MMGM this week.

Valinora Troy said...

Congratulations, Carol, it's a tremendous achievement! Sending the book to beta readers is both terrifying and thrilling! Wishing you all the best for a speedy delivery!! :)

Marci said...

Yay!! Congrats! This is a big step!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Marci!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Valerina!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Greg. I appreciate your support!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thank you, Beth. It's a long haul for sure! I'm glad my post inspired you.

Carol Baldwin said...

I have entered, Natalie, and will continue to do so. Congratulations on your step in this journey!

Esther M. Bandy said...

Congratulations, Carol. I'm so happy for you. Writing a book is a huge accomplishment! I look forward to reading it one day. Please be sure to let us know when your "book baby" is born.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Esther. I sure will!

Unknown said...

Oh, Carol! What a special milestone you have taken! I sincerely pray that the process will be a winner for you and that you can "wean this baby" to continue on other avenues. Blessings always!

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