I really have no idea what I am doing. Thank goodness for things like spell and grammar check. They have taught me a number of things, including the fact that I love fragmented sentences.
I am happy to say that after countless late nights and early mornings, I have finished my chapter revision. I took each chapter, one by one, and went through them all very carefully. A lot of things were trimmed down or cut out completely. I realized that I had repeated myself on a few occasions and a lot of the places were just too wordy. Sorry to the publishing company that I sent it to. They probably didn't even make it through the whole book. It was not good.
Oh well. There are many more avenues to try and now I am one step closer to having it really ready to put out there. It is very exciting and nerve-wracking. This book is all me. It includes some of my deepest thoughts and ugly moments. I am really going to be putting myself all out there in the hope that it will give people strength to endure their own challenges.
I have printed out two copies, one for me and one for my friend who is going to critique it for me. It is very exciting to hold it in my hands. There is nothing quite like a hard copy. Digital is nice for sharing, but I just cannot read it again on my computer screen. My eyes would probably pop right out of my head.
Thank you to everyone who has offered words of encouragement. I need those words. I still have a very long road ahead because along with my limited knowledge of writing, I have absolutely zero knowledge of the publishing world. I'm livin' on a wing and a prayer, baby. Wish me luck.