After several months of writing, stepping away, returning with fresh eyes to revise and edit; repeat...it is time...time to submit the manuscript for my first children's book, Grandma's Handgrown Love AND the manuscript for my first motivational book (cowritten with a wonderful colleague) for teachers, Classy Thoughts: For Teachers, By Teachers.
As Donald Graves (one of many writing mentors) said, "Authors never finish. They just get done." And so, I am calling these two incredibly fulfilling writing projects done! I am deeply satisfied with each text and I am eager to hear back from the editorial teams - sure hope they are as excited about the books as I am.
Once the final revisions are made and the illustrations are submitted to the publisher, I will do the hardest part of all...wait! I suspect the next several months will mimic the feelings I had during the last months of pregnancy. With each passing day, as my waistline expanded and the tiny kicks and jabs increased, I grew more and more anxious to finally hold the child I had not yet seen, but loved dearly and who possessed a part of my heart no one else would ever claim. The waiting was the hardest part then, and it will be the hardest part now. I am beyond excited and can hardly wait for the publishers to roll the books off the assembly line and hold them in my hands. I know these first books will forever hold a special place in my writer's heart.
Until then, I continue building the writerly life, word by word.