Know what makes it difficult to meet a deadline? Getting in a fight with your book.
But I’d vowed to finish this revision by the end of January, and I did it. I e-mailed draft #4,067 of Please Send Pants to my agent in the wee hours of Jan. 31st. I’m pretty excited about the changes!
The manuscript now stands at 96,000 words, or 296 double-spaced pages. Whoa, I’m just now noticing the double 96 in those statistics… That’s good luck, isn’t it?
If you’re as obsessed with word count as me (highly unlikely), you’ll know that 96,000 words is longer than I’d intended. But my agent says the manuscript’s momentum is more important than the word count, and my manuscript has momentum. So we’ve opted not to cut for now, though it will always be an option in the future.
What do I do when you finish a revision? A fist pump. And then I tend to all the other areas of life I neglected while trying to get it done.
Now it’s your turn: How’s your project coming? I love hearing where you all are in the process, so I hope you’ll keep us posted in the comments.
*I’ve been focusing on creating SEO-friendly headlines, and this one does not qualify. But I feel like using 96 in the headline makes it even more lucky, and I need all the luck I can get.