Hello Followers. Late last night I finally finished my latest edit. At which point I emailed it off to my reader. She said she'll have it back in a week. Yeah, when it returns I will either accept and make the changes she suggested or ignore the suggestions. You never have to accept any of the suggestions a reader/editor suggests, but if you're going to send it to someone you should seriously considering accepting the changes.
The story I ended up with is not the one I started with. Oh, the story is the same in essence, but so many things have been added or deleted. Twice while doing other edits I would delete 10,000 at once. I ended up with 89,645 words. A novel needs the minimum of 40,000 to be a novel. Under that amount it's either a novella or short story, depending on how many words your story has.
I am sure that once it returns, more words will be both deleted and added. I am hoping to have it ready for submission by the end of September. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I will keep you posted. Thanks for following my blog and I hope you continue to do so.
As an added note, I would also like to offer my prayers and thoughts for those people who either died, were injured or lost a loved one twelve years ago in the World Trade Center towers. There are certain things in History we must remember. This would include both December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001.
Brenda Birch Gallaher