Thursday, October 8, 2020

Celebrate the Small Things 9-10-20


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What am I celebrating this week?

I had another book accepted for publication.  I haven't received the contract yet, so I won't say anything more now, but will save that news for another day.

I did something monumentally stupid during one of my 5am writing sessions this week and somehow managed to replace every instance of the word 'that' in my MS with double spaces. And I didn't realize until I'd done a whole lot of other work on the book.  In an ideal world, this would be an easy fix - just do a find and replace of all those double spaces - but because I'm old-school and learned to type on a typewriter, I still use double spaces after punctuation, so there are a lot of double spaces that DON'T need to be replaced with 'that'.

I feel so dumb, because the reason I was searching for 'that' in the MS was to delete as many as I could.  Unfortunately a lot of sentences don't make a lot of sense if you take out 'that'...

So I'm a little behind with getting the MS ready to send out to agents as a result.  I'm hoping to get through all this miniscule editing work on Saturday so I can start putting together some queries on Sunday.  Although I feel like I may need to do another full read-through of the MS before I send it anywhere because if I made such a stupid mistake with 'that' who knows what I may have done with other filler/crutch words I was seeking out to replace or remove?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. Oh no! Isn't it just so typical to make a weird mistake like that at the worst possible time? And congrats on the book! That's such good news to hear :)

  2. Congrats on the book.

    It's probably too late to just undo what you did, eh?

  3. Word is so wonderful when everything is working and so crazy-making when one makes a crucial unexpected mistake. Grr. I feel for you. Meanwhile, congratulations on having a new book accepted. That's terrific. Very glad for you.

    What I'm celebrating this week is that my husband and I have both voted. It's done! We filled out our ballots yesterday and walked them over to City Hall. And I'm getting back to work on a new poetry collection.

  4. Congratulations on the book deal!