The book is with a freelance editor

And she’s sent me two short notes with very positive feedback. I am now officially on the writer’s emotional roller coaster. 

My biggest worry wasn’t anything technical, I’m sure that there will be plenty of editing on that front. It’s just nice to hear that the story itself is compelling. Until someone outside of your immediate circle verifies that, you don’t really know. 

I’m realistic about the editing process, having revised the story three times already before even getting it to the editor. I know it will be a slog. But knowing that the story has legs will help propel me through the brutal editing to come. 

Querying agents is now on the horizon. I’m starting my spreadsheet of those to whom I’d like to submit. 

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