Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Ticking Clock

After a week away in Sag Harbor, NY and Santa Fe, NM, I'm back home in New York and the days are ticking down:

2 weeks until I begin school
3 weeks until I begin sending queries to agents and entering contests.

I finally have all four of my author (and Kate D) inspected manuscripts back. And it's unanimous...all five of us agree that my ending sucks. So while consulting the OED to find out if the phrases I use are Regency-period appropriate, fixing typos, and cutting about 20 pages, I also have to rewrite a good portion of the ending so my characters don't behave in ways that were pulled out of my ass. Oh, and I changed Peter to a viscount from a duke and changed his brother-in-law's name from Geoffrey to Alfred, so now I'm going through looking for every instance of "duke" and "Geoffrey." And there are a lot of them.

In good news, I chose a new title, not one that was previously listed here. Then Comes Marriage.

8 comments:

Theresa said...

Now I feel so delinquent. Sorry. But I do like the new title.

theflitgirl said...

You are sooooooo delinquent. But if you're lucky, I'll send you Revised Copy #2

ames said...

That's a good title. And too bad about your ending. :(

Kate D. said...

I didn't think your ending sucked! Shame on you for self-loathing!

Can we hear a hip-hip-hooray for the flitgirl, whho's going to be sending out a manuscript in three weeks? Eeh! So exciting!

Toasty Joe said...

Maybe you've already been doing this, but you DO know about the "find and replace" function on Word that can find every instance of Alfred and replace it with Geoffrey, right?

Toasty Joe said...

Oops, I meant change Geoffrey to Alfred.

theflitgirl said...

I have to go through looking for typos and extraneous words anyway, so I might as well do it methodically.

Dylan said...

Hey I like the new title...dude that sucks about your ending, I'm sure you'll get it right though.