In print!

I asked my partner to print the first three chapters of my novel today because I want to edit and submit them to the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers (along with a synopsis etc.). He bound them to make it feel special. And it really does, you know. To have those words in print and in my hands to touch and look at; it really does feel special.

It’s been nearly two years since I wrote these first chapters. I can’t believe it’s been so long. And I still haven’t got to the end. But something changed in me today, when I held my story. It didn’t feel such a huge task to finish. I’ve come so far, and I know I can do it. There are many days I think I can’t — believe me.

Daniel is reading these chapters tonight. We said originally that he wouldn’t read it until it was finished, but I’ve changed my mind. I need his input before I submit them. I need to make sure they’re the best they can be.

I will read them after, and decide if his points are valid. I already had a sneaky look, of course. It reads really well, I think. There are many things I will tweak but I’m actually quite pleased. I surprised myself. I thought I’d be more critical, more catastrophic, more ‘oh my god, it’s crap.’

But it’s not crap. It’s quite good, in fact 🙂

My current editing job for my own home-based business, Elephant Edits, is formatting songs and paintings for a client’s poetry book, preparing it for print in the Lulu marketplace and other distribution sites. It’s been an eye opener. It certainly isn’t straight forward. But nevertheless, the whole process is very accessible. Self-publishing has some major advantages.

But I cannot seem to let go of my desire to be traditionally published: get ‘discovered’, mentored, snapped up by a publisher, become rich, famous… (I’m going too far, hehe). I’m not sure why. Especially when self publishing is so rewarding (and financially too). I mean, even a homemade bound copy feels good.

But I guess I don’t let go of dreams that easily.

Tomorrow, if I get five minutes, I’ll research how to write a synopsis and a chapter outline.  If anyone has any good resources, please let me know. Then I’ll work like a bastard to meet the deadline for submission. The novel doesn’t need to be finished, to be submitted for this prize, but I’d like to at least have my final chapters bedded down in an outline.

And hopefully, just maybe, I might win! And have a dream come true while I’m at it 🙂


6 thoughts on “In print!

  1. Well done! It does feel satisfying, doesn’t it. Traditional versus self-publishing is interesting question. My novel was traditionally published but my wife self-published hers and I’d guess we’ve both sold about the same so far. One thing is certain – the amount of pleasure in feeling the finished article in your hands is the same.
    I’m currently working through to produce my synopsis and found it quite helpful, though there are some gaps in it because it’s extracted from a much longer method (Dramatica).
    Not sure how far you are through outlining your novel but I’ve been very impressed with Scrivener as an aid. It takes a bit of work to figure it out but it seems to be worth it, I’ve found it really useful in producing the outline but also redrafting.

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      • Scrivener does a 30 day trial and it’s a full 30 days – that is, you can use the 30 days over a year if you want to, so you can dip in and out without having to finish the project quickly. If you need any hints on it give me a shout, I’m not an expert but know it well enough.

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      • I went ahead and bought a Scrivener license. Can’t wait to get stuck in – when I can find the time. Lots of tutorials to read before I copy and paste, I think! I’ll let you know if I get stuck, thank you 🙂


    • Awww thank you. Getting good feedback from a couple of readers so far. Except my partner said it didn’t grab him. Mind you, the only books that grab him are when people get shot in the face on the first page lol (self admitted)


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