9 May 2018

Post Contest Happenings

I've been meaning to write about this for awhile. To be honest, it's a bit hard. My emotions are still scrambled about everything. I'm still trying to make sense of it. I'm so dramatic, my goodness.

I'm also up to my eyeballs in edits, so bear with me. To be honest, most of me editing is watching youtube, tv, and eating. Maddie sent me this the other day, and it's so perfect.

 First off, I'm really happy that I didn't win this contest the two previous times I entered, because I wasn't ready. Emotionally or mentally, and obviously my writing wasn't quite there yet either. I also have been able, to take a step back from my writing and look at it more objectively. I don't take critiques personally which was not the case a year ago. 

So this all happened at the perfect time. There is a post in here about God's timing that I should probably write. Another time, even though I am better than I've been with my writing. I still wasn't prepared for all that winning meant.

Anne was right when she said the journey was just beginning for us.
The first thing you receive after winning besides the confidence boost, praise, and a fabulous cover is a timeline.

Which was all amazing by the way and made me cry for practically a week. I'm lying, I'm still crying.

After the weekend we got our timeline. That wasn't too overwhelming, Anne included a really nice note and some encouragement. It was basically an overview of everything that was going to happen and when, up to the release. Along with a small list of things we could work on like author bio, dedication, and author picture.

These things weren't as easy to write as I thought. The author bio was the worst and I took awhile on it. Talking about yourself in third person is weird. I went back and forth on the dedication. I'm happy that everything is done in that regard.

We got a full month after that to basically relax and savor the win, before we were sent the edits. I'm  part of a group chat with the other winners. We all kind of freaked out when we got the edits. They are all super nice, its great to have a place to go to talk out about edits and stuff.

I had just seen Infinity War the night before, so my mental state was a mess I'll admit.

I was a bit freaked, when I first went through the edits, not because I was upset by them. I actually agree with most of them, but just at the sheer amount of work I have ahead of me. They send you a line edit, which wasn't bad and actually made me laugh a few times at how inconsistent my writing can be and some honestly funny comments made by the editors.
That's what I get for writing a majority of this story at night, covered in chip crumbs and lying on the floor. Just hold on to that mental image, because it still applies.

 I have eight big revisions that I need to work through. I'm not sure how many the other winners got, but I like to image that mine was the most extensive, mostly because I am a drama queen.

So far I've gotten through three of them. Well thanks to Anne, of course! She is one of the sweetest people by the way. You can tell that she really cares about our stories and us. She is always there with a boost of encouragement, brainstorming help, and puts me at ease about everything. All the while writing 5,000 words a day in her own book and I presume having a full day on top of that. She is fantastic and I'm in awe of her.

It's funny because none of the things I thought were going to be problematic were. I still have plenty to worry about though. I need to develop Snow more as a character, apparently I write better guy characters,who knew? The romance between Chayse and Snow needs work too, I guess me trying to come of as subtle turned out more like indifference. Which makes a lot of sense.

I have to tighten up my ending and possibly take out one of Chayse's abilities. All of this is way harder then it sounds.

I have gotten through one chapter and a good deal of the second one, so far. I have all the little edits done and just the bigger stuff that is tied to the revisions left. I also just started utilizing the 5,000 words. It's exciting! 

I am worried that I will procrastinate and not finish in time. Alas, I shall do it!

Funny things my parents have said to me in regards to all this.

"You can't be depressed, you won a contest!" -My Mom, rather incredulously. I might add.

I was moaning that I needed help.
"Mentally or Emotionally."- My Dad with the most deadpanned expression.

"I love it! Not just saying that because I'm biased, while maybe a little."- My Dad, about my writing.

I was gushing, because someone had said something nice about my story. "Well you're talented dummy."- My Mom, tough love is the only love my family understands.

I was freaking out that my romance failed. 
"You, of all people, have no business writing a romance. You hate love."- My Mom, she's right by the way.

Anyway hope you guys enjoyed that peek into the process. I almost didn't get a post out today. Been trying to write this for a week. I just can't seem to do anything.


  1. Love this picture into your world! Im so excited and happy for you still! And I’m glad I’m not the only one “editing” by browsing the Internet. I have six big revisions, so I’m right behind you. Oh my goodness, those comments from you parents- im dying.

    1. Thanks Maddie! Same, I'm so proud of you! So glad you have to go through all of this with me. We are too alike!
      Nice, I find the revisions the hardest part. They can be quite funny when they aren't trying to be.

  2. I love the comments from your parents-- that sounds like the kind of thing my parents would say to me if I were getting published. Especially the "You're talented, dummy!" one XD

    And I must admit that I cannot WAIT to read your story in all its completed glory! I know editing is tough (I'm doing it too and yeesh) but it will be so worth it in the end. <3

    1. :D They make me laugh a lot. I guess I should be happy that they are supportive.

      It feels like it's never going to be finished at this point, but I'm so glad that you want to read it! It is!
      Hopefully! <3

  3. I'm so glad you posted this! I've been curious to see a peek behind the curtain ever since Five Glass Slippers! It sounds tough, as revisions usually are, but I love how God timed it for a year you were ready for it. You've got this, Skye. <3

    As I'm reviewing the last few beta comments on my own WIP (including yours!!!), I'm both thrilled and grateful for all the positives pointed out and nervous about the big changes to be made. So you're not alone in this! We've just got to take it one thing at a time. (Which it sounds like you're doing!)

    Your parents' comments CRACKED ME UP, by the way. X'D

    1. almost didn't, my anxiety kicked in for some reason. I hope you enjoyed it, it was a bit jumbled. It is, but I feel up to the challenge. He did, and I love when that happens in life, when you see why he made you wait. Thanks Tracey! <3

      Still in love with your story. You got this, we can do this together! I keep trying to remind myself that not all change is bad. Sounds like a plan!

      They are pretty funny, without meaning to be. XD

  4. You're amazing! Thanks for sharing this, and keep going! You can do this! <3

    1. Thanks Deb! I'm glad you liked it, I will! I hope so! <3

  5. I love this behind the scenes look! Don't you worry, you'll do wonderfully :).

    1. Oh good,I was worried that maybe I didn't put enough. Thanks!!!

  6. Haha your parents' comments are fantastic! Tough love can be needed sometimes. xD

    All the best with your editing! You can do it; I believe in you!!! <3

    1. XD They are very entertaining! Definitely!

      Thank you so much! That means a lot!! <3

  7. EEP! I've been hoping for this post! I'm always SO curious about what goes on behind-the-scenes for the winners. This is fascinating!

    I think it's so beautiful how perfect God's timing is. He knew just what you needed right when you needed it. And I am so so so soooooo excited that the world will get to read this story!

    Oh man, you got edits right after seeing Infinity War? YOU POOR THING. So many emotions! o.o (Also thanks for the Bucky gif. Bucky feels is just what I needed today. :P) I am sure your edits that need doing are not the most extensive. I imagine every single winner gets that many. That seems to just be part of the publishing process. But I'm so proud of you for tackling them and getting things done! You've totally got this, girl. As your mom said: "YOU'RE TALENTED!" So, so talented!

    Also, your parents' comments are cracking me up! XDDD Your mom actually sounds a lot like my dad. Sarcasm and tough love all the way. It's great! Lol.

    Praying for you and that your edits go smoothly. You're gonna rock it! <3

    1. Christine!!! I hope I explained it okay. I'm glad :D

      It really is, I find myself thanking him for unanswered prayers a lot. I just hope the world likes it. ;)

      I did, it was awful timing. I was a mess! Bucky makes everything better. I'm just dramatic, so I tend to think like that. It does! I'm trying. Thank you!!! He he, I'm not sure she meant it, but I appreciate it coming from you.

      XD They are pretty funny. It's a great parenting style. It makes my life more entertaining!

      Thank you, prayers are always appreciated! I hope so! <3

  8. Love this peek into your life and edits! Oh, edits. They’re fun, but then they are not so fun. I’m just finished up some edits on my story “Dear Jamie, Love Rory.” I had to rework one sentence about three times and I still don’t know if I got it right. xD It’ll be published in July of this year, and I am so excited! Best of luck with you editing, and can’t wait to read your story!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Yes, sometimes it's awesome, sometimes you cry. That's the thing, even when you finish it. It doesn't seem done. Oh cool, I will have to check that out! You too, and thanks!