Success So Close I Can Taste It

Excited.  Nervous. Hopeful. 

I just printed off my complete manuscript for a final polish. 

I’m rewriting some dialogue to be more snappy and filling out the final scene.  Then it’s off to my critique partner.

It’s the shortest book I’ve ever written, clocking in at around 55k–which is apparently good for a YA.  I was nervous about the length and well, because I’d dumped about 30k–that is so hard!– but I checked with a few YA authors and they’ve assured me this is an ok length for a book.  I’m so tempted to make it longer, but the story is told, you know?

It’s also taken me the longest to write, which makes little sense. 

Unless you consider it’s my first YA and I completely changed the main theme and setting during rewrites–which means I basically dumped a book and started over.  Doesn’t seem so bad if I look at it that way. 🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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13 Responses to Success So Close I Can Taste It

  1. relliott4 says:

    It feel so good. It’ll feel better when it’s back from Rachel and completely done, but even this part feels good. Makes me want to jump into the next book already, which is nuts. Should take a day or two off.

    Bet you get that, tho.

  2. relliott4 says:

    Almost finished! All the scenes are written, but I have to flesh one out. Then… it goes to you. There will be more work after you’re done. Still, you know how I’ve struggled with this one.

    Or my problem with focusing while my book is making the rounds with my dream agent…

  3. relliott4 says:

    Thanks Brooke and Heather. 😉

  4. Very cool. I also wanted to tell you I got a bit of a revision boost from your tweets today. I feel a bit better about my WIP now. Thanks!

  5. relliott4 says:

    Oh good! We do miss these things unless we make a specific run through. Also, my CP catches them at times. 😉

  6. Congratulations, Rinda! You did it again. 🙂

  7. Thanks Sara! It’ll be done this week. Little later than I thought but holiday stuff got in the way. 😉

  8. Kathy says:

    Good luck, girl!

    Well done.

  9. Thank you! I officially finished the book at 2:30 in the morning today. (BG)

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