I achieved my final goal on 9/19, submitting my manuscript to my publisher at 9:30 PM on my due date. I think I got a little comma happy at the end, and I’m extending my apologies in advance to J Taylor. I also found two places (argh!!!) where the search feature I used to find conjunctions for comma checks, ended up zapping the conjunction into the cornfield. (Ok, so it was my trigger happy fingers that did it, but I’m blaming the computer.)
All said and done, this was a VERY successful round for me, not without its heartaches, of course. But these things are like having a baby: you forget the agony of labor and delivery, the petty annoyances of pregnancy, and only focus on the child you created and birthed. My cumulative “birth” stats are on my ROW-3 page.
Moving forward to new goals now, I’ll be back for round 4. I’ll focus primarily on editing and marketing my forthcoming debut novel, but NaNo’s in there too, as is Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel (if I’m eligible). I just entered Mills & Boon’s New Voices contest (my last eligible opportunity) but first round will be done in a few weeks. I don’t have high hopes of advancing to the next round. I entered it mostly for the feedback and to put my writing “out there” a little more.
I have a week or so to ponder my round 4 plans, so who knows what I’ll focus my laser sights on.
The Linky site lists other participants’ progress reports. Give them some encouragement too.