cartoon of day-editor

On April 4th of this year I began keeping a journal of my writing progress.  That’s a total of 78 days.  I’m learning a great deal about the process itself.  I’m learning very little about how to actually get a book into print without investing my life savings (about $1.98 right now) into the project.  That and the fear of rejection have stifled me along the way.

78 days may not seem like a long time, but in that time two very dear friends passed away, we had to put our dog to sleep, we’ve counseled folks going through job losses, marital issues, parenting and health issues.  We’ve struggled with our own aches and pains.  The aging process often interferes with the things we want to accomplish.

I’ve also gotten back into the swing of a regular rehearsal schedule for a play I’ll appear in next month.  The garden has been calling to me for attention.  School is out which means more time with my granddaughter.  All of this is fodder for another piece of writing I suppose.  It seems something always gets in the way of actual producing a physical book.

I’m at that critical point in the writing process known as editing.  I put the work away for a while.  I have a couple people reading it for feedback.    In a way I feel like I’m procrastinating, but I want to do this the right way and feel like a fish out of water.

  • Should I hire someone to edit?  No dough.
  • Should I go through it one more time and make the adjustments myself?  Too slow.
  • Should I have a friend or relative read it?  I don’t know.
  • Should I put it away for another seven years and hope I live long enough to see it get published?  Novels on trees do not grow.
  • Should I bite the bullet and send it off as is and pray that someone will have the foresight to publish?  Maybe so.
  • Should I start over and write something totally different?  I don’t have the get up and go.

I remember when I was in direct sales and told that the hardest door to open was my own.  That saying has stuck with me over time, but the door doesn’t get any easier to open unless you feel confident in your ability.  Any art form today can be duplicated and reproduced, thus taking some of the value away from it.  Who suffers the most?  The one who creates the work in the first place.

The thought of hiring an agent makes the old cash register ka-ching.  Self-publishing can cost a lot of money too.  As I investigate the options there really aren’t a lot.  I will continue to check around.  In the meantime my novel sits on the shelf until I get up the nerve and the time to revisit it.

Any suggestions from my writer friends out there in blogville will be most greatly appreciated.  A kick in my backside will also be appreciated.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Elihu says:

    I wish I had a wealth of experience in the publishing field, but my knowledge is limited to the actual printing process…

    Here’s my 2 cents… since the writing is done, ask some of your trusted blogging buddies or other friends to read your manuscript. If you send it digitally, you may want to have some sort of protection built in so it can’t be copied etcetera. Get some feedback, make some changes, and then work on the publishing portion. I’m sure many of us would be willing to do reviews, give constructive feedback, and/or be part of a launch team.

    Go the distance! I’d love to see you successfully publish your book! Time is precious and fleeting. 😊

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    Love the poetry in your questions and answers. The answers are not easy.

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  3. Hi, I agree with your first commenter. I have one addition: pray. Ask God to open the right doors, to help you find the right person to read or edit or publish. Please don’t let your writing languish. So many of us do that, which is a real shame.

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