Editing is complete!

Flirtation Walk, the first book in the three book series Journey of Cornelia Rose finally completed the editing phase!

For some time, I thought I would never be able to say that! It was a marathon, not a sprint. My editor, Kimberly Goebel and I have been cramming in work sessions, in every available opening in our schedules.

On Monday it looked like we were going to be able to finish. I got prepared: a bottle of champagne, some party hats, some noise makers and streamers.

We ran out of time (our “day jobs” calling) when we were only 16 pages away from the end of the book!

It was frustrating.

But Kimberly and I are nothing if not resourceful.

The last 16 pages were completed over the phone: I, perched on a chair in a borrowed conference room after a business meeting listening, and Kimberly at her kitchen table, before heading out to another job reading the last pages aloud. Together made the last tweaks. We only had seven minutes to spare before we were both supposed to be elsewhere when we finally, really, finished. The book is done! 

No time for champagne, let alone party hats and noise makers.This is the way the editing ends, not with a bang but a whimper, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot.  No time for fanfare.

To date, this is the way my ‘writing career’ has evolved. My passion to write has been crammed into the already crowded schedule, a few hours here, 15 minutes there. But my drive and my “Germ-ish” persistence  (part German part Irish heritage) has kept me plugging away. I have proved the axiom creativity is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration true. My bullheadedness turns out to be a great asset in achieving my goal to be a writer.

I only bother to post this piece because over the span of my ‘writing career’ I have spoken to many people who have told me they wanted to write a book too. I offer this blog as encouragement: potential authors – you too can be obsessed with researching your books during vacations and plug away at putting your thoughts down on ‘paper’. You too can drag your family to the place in Nebraska where you can see walk in the Oregon Trail  wagon! (I have so many people to thank for their help and their support for getting this far– you know who you are!)

(C) Jane F. Collen April 5, 2019 IndexCardCure one small step at a time.



5 thoughts on “Editing is complete!

  1. Dear Janey. My Sweet Cousin. I would never have expected less of you! It would not have come from your soul had it been easy. Janey, it has beem my privilege to have watched you as you became wife, mother, and friend. You have always welcomed us no matter how busy you may have been, and always with love and kindness. Thank you for your posts. With Love, Linda


    • Thank you sooo much for you kind words, Linda! Your love and support makes my day! I appreciate you reading and I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment! I’m wading through the final stages — book descriptions, cover design — but it is all being worked on, one piece at a time! Can’t wait to give you a signed copy! love Jane


  2. I would love to read your book! I’m a reader of historical fiction since my early days over 45 years ago starting with Little House on the Prairie. I don’t really know if you’re sending it out for people to read pre-publication…. but as an English teacher that has always been my dream… to help someone with minute editing. Feel free to contact me via email if the service is needed. At any rate I can’t wait for publication and I will purchase your series.


  3. I loved Little House on the Prairie too! YES! I would love you to read the book. Can you send me your email address?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s