Sunday, January 4, 2009

It's done. Kind of.

The first draft is done! About 320 pages, 78,000 plus change words; and almost two years work.

I printed it out, and had to resist the urge to dive in and begin fixing and revising. Most of the books I have read suggest letting a first draft sit for a month or so before picking it up again, and that is my plan, if my willpower holds out.

The working title of this book on three generations of fire fighters, a slight variation on this Blog, is “Keep Back 200 Feet: A Three Generation View From the Rear Step.” The stories involving my Dad, myself, and my son Michael range from the tragic to the hilarious, I think.

Now comes the hard part; completing the revisions, and most importantly, finding someone who wants to put it between front and back covers.


Mrs. Slaby said...

Wow, let me be the first to congratulate you, Gary! Your stories are terrific, and I know you'll find a publisher. Start querying right away. Many agencies and publishers take e-mail queries which saves time and money. Good luck. I'm proud of you!

Jeanne said...

Kudos on your effort and achievement, Gary. I've read the same advice: let the ms sit for a few weeks before you revise. But like Mary said, you can start querying right away. No harm in that. You and Mary are inspirations. Congratulations!