Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordy Wednesday: WINNER, WITH and WHEN...?

First, a bit of business regarding last week's interview with Suzanne Williams & Joan Holub, co-authors of the Goddess Girls series.  The lucky WINNER of their fabulous swag bag is...

Dawn

Congratulations!  Please use the "contact me" link at the top of this page to email me the mailing address for your prize. 

And here's a cool, in-tandem surprise: Writer-filmmaker Jennifer Wolf is not only stopping by the blog on Friday but she will also be sharing her interview WITH amazing YA author Angela Morrison for whom she created a book trailer.

NOW, on to the issue of WHEN.  As you may know, I am in the thick of revisions for my YA novel, Audition.  Thought I was ready to send it back to my editor.  Even emailed my agent to let her know.  Then, I chickened out.  Woke up in the middle of the night.  Made a list of, like, ten more verses with which I'd like to tinker, watched some bad 2AM television (I won't tell you what because, honestly, you'll think less of me) and then woke up my husband (he was thrilled!).  None of this resolved my concerns.  New plan is to give myself three more days to fix everything on my list before sending the ms to esteemed editor.  But, still, I wonder, will I suddenly feel it in my heart that it's truly ready to go?  Will I know WHEN...?

7 comments:

Tahereh said...

yay congrats to the winner!

Jennifer Wolf said...

Good luck with your when. Let me know when (or if) you find it. I sent revisions to my agent at 1:00 this morning and then woke up at 7:00 to read them over. Of course I found mistakes and things I wanted to fix. Maybe when (hopefully when) I hit the editor stage I'll be able to recognize my when. (Does that make any sense or is it just a lot of whens? :))

helenlandalf said...

Oh, Stacia, I've been through that "when" thing many times. What works best for me is to give myself a deadline beyond which I CANNOT continue to revise. Trust me, your editor will let you know if there are things that truly need fixing. Good luck!

Dawn Simon said...

Woo-hoo! THANK YOU, Stasia, Suzanne, and Joan! :)

Regarding when... Such a good question. I think it's up there with how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

SWK said...

Hi, Tahareh! Congrats, Dawn! And thanks, Jennifer and Helen, for your thoughts about the "when." Haven't sent the ms to editor yet. Keep thinking "today's the day" but then... Argh!!!

Suzanne Williams said...

Congrats, Dawn! Joan will be mailing out your swag bag soon. We hope you'll enjoy Aphrodite the Beauty and the other goodies.

Stasia, I love this quote from Paul Valery:
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."
I think the same is true for any piece of writing. I always find things after my books are published that I wish I could rewrite or tweak, but at some point you just have to let go.

SWK said...

SENT revisions to esteemed editor! Thanks for the well-wishes and great advice. - Stasia