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17 May 2017 @ 10:44 pm
Finished! Not Finished-Finished, But Still Finished!  
You guys! OMG! The Book is finished! My book, of a collection of short stories about the various pets we have owned over the years, that my grandmother very much demanded I write just a few months before she passed away. I am finished, finally finished. Well, not finished-finished, but I finished the writing process of it all. The book is 55,603 words. It has taken me a year and a half to write. The last three or four months, I haven't even written any fanfiction really. Omg, I can't believe it's done.

It's in my editor's hands right now. I get a two week free break, before I even have to think about it again. Then there will be editing, promoting/marketing/social media and formatting it and getting it ready for self publish on Amazon. I'm hoping to do it through a place that has options through Amazon where you can get it as an e-book or you can get it as a printed copy paperback, because it would be cool to have a printed copy, but most people will probably want the e-book. I finished it yesterday, but I was so tired last night after getting the last chapter done and putting it all together, that I just went to sleep.

But I wanted to tell you guys because I can't believe it is done! I wrote the first chapter the week before Christmas 2015 - it's been a long road. I am so grateful Grandma got to read that chapter before she passed. I'm hoping to have it out by the middle of June, but it might be more like the end of June. Then I get a week to do nothing, but sleep, and then I have to get back to work on the book that The Nephew and I are writing together. But right now I get to go to Motor City Comic Con this weekend and not think about the book. And I get to have my birthday next week and not think about the book. I don't have to think about it at all until Memorial Day weekend, when I will start marketing.

I'm so happy and I know my grandma would be very proud of me. I wanted to share with you guys, because you've always been so encouraging of my writing that I felt like I had to tell you! The writing process is finished and now I'm going to catch up on some TV, at last. And maybe some things around these parts, like comments and stuff. /insert 573 happy-face emojis here/
lindahoylandlindahoyland on May 18th, 2017 02:55 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I still can't believe I actually wrote a whole book! Now if I can just get the legal side of it worked out, so I can publish.
Shirebound: Piglet dancingshirebound on May 18th, 2017 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, how absolutely wonderful!!!! I'm so happy for you.
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. For all your support during the process of this book, in fact! I talk to the lawyer next week, I hope, and there may be, possibly, a financial plan in place. I hope? Something easier than starting a non-profit for the proceeds, lol.
crucis01crucis01 on May 18th, 2017 05:34 pm (UTC)
OUTSTANDING!!! Congratulations! 🎆🎈💜
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I still do a double take when I realize I write an actual book. Though I overshot my estimate on when it would be published (still not out yet) because the legal side of things is more complicated than I thought. At least in my case, as all the proceeds go to charity.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on May 23rd, 2017 02:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations, you!

Also, Happy Birthday!
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! It still baffles me, like, I wrote a book?! Apparently giving all the money to charity without it having to go through my bank account is harder than I thought though, which is why I'm being held up on actually publishing, but 2018 is the year, right? I got this! (or my lawyer does, lol).
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on June 9th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! It was a huge accomplishment for me to finish this book. Still not published yet though. Hopefully the lawyer will have an answer soon for me on how to do this as a charity thing, which is what I want. This book's proceeds for my local Humane Society. The next book for a different charity. And so on. <3
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on January 12th, 2018 04:56 am (UTC)
Darn, I am behind in checking my LJ.

Please do let us know when it's published!
dodger_sister: celebratedodger_sister on January 13th, 2018 10:19 pm (UTC)
Darn, I am behind in checking my LJ.

No, it is just that you got a mass influx of comments from me as I did a mass catch up here on LJ!

Please do let us know when it's published!

Of course, I absolutely will!