Exciting times. Seeing the story like this, like a REAL BOOK, is enough to make me cry. It's gorgeous. It's real. It's big time.
The answer to that last question, by the way, is NO. This is the time to find missing apostrophes, not to rewrite anything.
Oh man. All the What If questions are flooding in. What If my story is as bad as I suddenly think it is? I am the worst writer ever. I shouldn't even be allowed to write checks. Blah blah blah.
Time to get a grip, Self. If one of my friends came to me with these sorts of jitter-induced blatherings, I'd tell her this:
- This story was critiqued by capable people.
- This story was edited by professional people.
- You need to take a deep breath, honey. You've got a good case of Pre-Publication Panic.
Which reminds me of what I wanted in the first place:
To write the stories God put on my heart, with the hope that someone out there is blessed, comforted, or encouraged by it. Just one person.
Because I've been that person before whose heart was blessed, comforted, encouraged, and, yep, even changed by a romance novel.
So there you have it. My imperfect offering.
I should note that I received the galley of the entire book and oh my goodness,you all are in for a treat, should you decide to pick up this book. The eight other stories in the collection look fantastic. I haven't read them all because I've been spending time with Daniel and Josie, my characters, but I've peeked at them. And WOW!
Do you have an offering you're hesitant to give because it's not perfect?