Wednesday, October 1, 2008

And, It's Off!

Maven Jackie BarbosaAnd by "it," I mean the completed manuscript of Behind the Red Door, my novella anthology which is slated for release by Kensington Books in the summer of 2009! I emailed the file to my editor yesterday (my official "extended" due date) with a follow-up hardcopy hitting the regular mail today.

Yay me!

As you may remember, I started a 30K in 30 days challenge to help motivate myself to finish. I wound up not only meeting, but exceeding my 30-day goal, although it wound up taking 32 days for me to put the final finishing touches on it. I literally closed the file ten minutes before I emailed it out.

So now, I'm free. (Breaks into a refrain of "I'm free to do what I want any old time.") It's a rather odd sensation, actually. I've been bound to that book for so long, I feel a little rudderless.

Oh, it's not that I don't have ideas. No, no, never that! It's more that I have a plethora of them, and since none of them are contracted, it's hard to prioritize. That said, for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to kick back and do some fun projects--a short story for a freebie Christmas anthology Anna Leigh Keaton is putting together and a short Christmas novella for Cobblestone Press.

After that, I reckon I'll get serious again by putting together a proposal for an option book for Kensington. And then we'll see what happens.

YOUR TURN: What have you been up to the past month while I (and the other Mavens) have been hiding in our caves? Tell us all the news. We'd love to hear!

6 comments:

Bill Clark said...

Yay for finishing!

lacey kaye said...

I'm so jealous! And so many new projects, too!

Vicki said...

Congrats for finishing and sending it off. :)

Jennifer Linforth said...

Congrats for finishing! And kudos as well for pushing on forward. New projects are always great to start but daunting too.

What have I been doing? Besides lurking over here and just now coming out of hermit mode? My book release in October (YAY) and I just signed a contract for the second in the series last week. So here's to the Phantom of the Opera fans. I owe them!

>wink<

Happy Thanksgiving and keep us posted on Kensington!

Cheers,
Jennifer

Vicki said...

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Would love an update on how you're doing.

Vicki, missing one of her favorite blogs.

Kaylee said...

It's always such a wonderful feeling when you finish a project

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