Friday, December 5, 2008

I've Kissed and Told.


I am FINISHED! Woo Hoo!

word count : 56,726

pages: 240ish

Title: Kiss and Tell

Genre: YA Suspense

Premise: Top Secret and Wicked Cool

Now what? Submit and wait... and wait....

Mental State: Half excited, half terrified!

I think I wasn't prepared for the anxious fear I would have at the thought of people reading it. Not other writers so much (except I really hope they like it), but more like my parents, and my non-writer friends.

Also, I have found that since I'm not yet published, when I talk about "my book" to most people, they are like, "uh huh... So when is soccer practice?" Or they say, "You're finished with your book? What did you read?" So, I've realized that to discuss trying to get a book deal is almost as strange sounding as if I was casually talking about the lottery that I was waiting to win.

Anyway, all of that aside, having just finished writing my first ever novel, I feel like a large and wonderful weight has been lifted. I didn't expect this feeling either, because I literally LOVED the process of writing it. And while I am looking forward to thinking of another one, at least I can leave my laptop at home now, and enjoy skiing with the family over Christmas.

Wish me Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(P.S.This weird photo is how I've always envisioned the cover - except with my young teenage main character, instead of moi. And a very wise little bird told me that a boy's face should be coming in from the side all puckered up to kiss her. What? I don't have a say in the cover? ...of the book that hasn't yet sold? Sheesh! Can't a girl dream?

Katie

13 comments:

Graeme Stone said...

Get out! That's great. I love the cover idea. I love that it's top secret, and skiing for Christmas! You will enjoy it so much more now that you've "earned" it. I'm psyched for you.

Katie said...

Ooo Graeme! Thanks!!!

I love that you love my kooky cover idea, and thanks for the psych-ness. In fact, I was psyched to wake up and see your comment :-)

OH! And I also saw your other new comment on "Beautiful." So thank you double. I want to see some of your boyfriend's art! That was an inspiring story.

I hope you have a great day!

Shelli said...

congrads! :)

Hardygirl said...

I absolutely can't wait to dive in to your delicious book. And the cover is wicked cool!

sf

Katie said...

Oh my Graeme, I just found another comment on "No Pain, no Gain." They are little Christmas presents :-)

How many did you leave?

Thanks!

Katie

Christy Raedeke said...

Hooray! That is SO exciting! Just in time to relax for the holidays while waiting (arg - so much waiting!).

After hearing just tiny snippets about the plot I know I am going to love it. Sounds right up my alley.

I suggest a bottle of bubbly tonight. Gotta mark your milestones... :)

Cheers!

Corey Schwartz said...

That is so GREAT! Congrats and good luck. I never write anything over 600 words, so it is a very impressive feat to me!

Katie said...

Aaww thanks girls! I am very excited :-)

Don't have any bubbly around, but will enjoy some fermented pressed grapes tonight while I fashion gingerbread houses with the girls.

Irene Latham said...

Wow, Katie, what an accomplishment! It's such a great feeling, isn't it? Getting all the way to THE END. So happy for you!!

Disco Mermaids said...

OMG!!! Congratulations! You are now my personal hero! I know you've busted your butt to write this book, and you now deserve lots of comfort food.

Mmmm...mashed potatoes.

Woohoo for you!

Robin

Katie said...

Thanks Y'all!

Mmmm Mashed taters.... with gravy. Aahhh

I might have to hit Ajax for lunch. Home of the best veggie plate around. Robin, if you ever make your way here, I'll take you :-)

But most of the veggies are loaded with cheese, or butter... Or fried. (Are fried pickles a vegetable??)

Mmmm.... I gotta go! It's lunch time.

Suzanne Young said...

Oh, Katie! I'm so happy for you!! Your first literary baby! Enjoy yourself! You've earned it!!!!!!

Congrats!

Katie said...

Thanks Suzanne!

Funny how it DOES feel like a baby. OR alive in some way.

I am protective of it, and love it, and am scared for it, and hope it achieves great things!

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