As I mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, the reason I haven’t been around much is that I’ve been hidden deep inside the bowels of my deep, dark Editing Cave.
Even though the main writing on PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS (Book 1, “Project: Passion” mini-series for Harlequin Desire) was finished a little over a week ago, this is the part where I have to sit down & start reading every word, polishing & revising where necessary. It’s not a fun part, either, because I’m already so familiar with the story, I don’t want to read it again. Plus, I always think there are sections that are going to need a major overhaul, & who enjoys that? It’s like digging a hole in the ground for a swimming pool. Can’t I just have the pool already? :cat
This time around, I also had the added task of making sure I got all of my British details & references right. (Sexy Nigel Statham is from across the pond. :yummy ) Thankfully, a U.K. reader on Facebook offered to be my fact-checker. Or rather, my fact-approver. *g* So I’m feeling pretty good about most of my hero’s POV.
As time-consuming as all of that was, I’m happy to say that the story held together beautifully. Better than expected, actually. I could swear there were scenes while writing that made me think, “I’m going to have to go back & fix this.” But on the read-through, everything looked great.
You know what this means, don’t you? Apparently, I am like the proverbial shoemaker. I do the groundwork during the day, then at night while I’m sleeping, little cobbler elves come in & fix things for me. Either that, or aliens. And you know what—I’m okay with that. :coffin
But now, finally, I am beyond thrilled to announce that THE BOOK IS DONE! DONE, DONE, DONE!!! Not just finished, but polished & perfect (well, you know, perfect-ish) & on Editor C‘s desk, where it belongs.
Whew. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have this one turned in. As I mentioned before, it was a rough project to complete. Not the story itself, but just getting. it. written.
And now that it is, I get to take a short breather, maybe a nap. Then it’s back to work. Book 2 is already calling to me. :lipstick