Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday's at the Piedmont Grille

On Today's Menu -- Champagne!

Last night at 8:07, I finally finished writing THE DUKE'S DIVORCE. YAY!!

It came in at 90,088 words. You have no idea how hard I've been working on this. 3,000 word count days, sometimes up at 4am because I just couldn't sleep, but it's done. It's done, it's done, it's done.

I had wanted to finish it before Christmas, but you know how that goes. I got side tracked with the S.N.I.
A HUSBAND FOR MISS TRENT which took from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day.

But now, I get to sleep for a week, send if off to beta readers and crit partners and see if I can get an AMEN! Of course, it will come back with redline all over it, I really got carried away with the new cool thing I learned called interiority, but for the most part, I think the writing is pretty solid. I like to edit as I write so I think what everyone will get is like the third or fourth draft, depending on how they edit.

Oh, and another bonus last night, A WIFE FOR WINSBARREN made it to #14,725
and was ranked #67 on the Kindle bestseller list. (Which doesn't really mean all that much yet, but hey, #1 is only 66 spots up, right?)

Thank you so much to everyone who supports me in this endeavor. It really means the world to me and I so totally can't do it without you.

So that's my news. Tell me tell me tell me, what's yours? I feel like I've been gone forever from the blogworld.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Al said...

Wow congratulations!
On all scores!

Em-Musing said...

I'll give you an AMEN've worked hard. And I'd like some of that champagne too. Have a great weekend. ME? I'm packing up my life in Ohio and moving to Mexico on the 2nd. You're always welcome to visit me.

Sarah Pearson said...

Big Yay to you! Now, enjoy your weekend. You've earned it :-)

Justine Dell said...

WOW! Congrats on both counts! ;-)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on finishing! And sixty-seven is a big deal. People look at those top one hundred lists. Trust me!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! Congrats both on finishing the book AND reach #67! Both are awesome!
Nothing new for me. Back to querying Glimpse and still revising Break Free

Linda G. said...

Congrats! And sweet dreams. :)

DL Hammons said...

Not 8:06...or 8:08...but 8:07! I imagine you throwing your arms above your head and yelling, "TIME!" :)

Good for you. I hope your CP's and Beata's give you great feedback! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Al -- Thanks. Heading to see what the orange thing was.

Em -- Mexico...hmmmm. Sounds like fun.

Sarah -- Housework awaits this weekend. Sadly, I left it all to finish this.

Justine -- Thank you.

Alex -- It's kind of weird to be in the top 100. I feel like I should be on American Bandstand or something.

Sarah -- YAY! Querying Glimpse. I LOVE Glimpse.

Linda -- Oh, to sleep, perchance to dream.

Don -- Not quite but I did cry. Not sure whether from relief, exhaustion, or the schmaltzy ending.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh my gosh, that's fantastic, Anne!!
Have some bubbly on me!

February Grace said...

Yes yes, fantastic news, all! I can't help thinking that your books are hitting at exactly the right moment, Anne, with the popularity of certain tv shows right now set around the same era- people can't get enough! I know I can't! Looking forward to reading more as the books come out.

Congratulations, and sweet dreams when you do get to sleep!


Eric W. Trant said...

Congrats on finishing the first (fifth) draft. I edit as I go, too, even knock out and re-write entire chapters, add/delete scenes, go back and re-re-write and so on.

My "first" draft, like yours, is usually presentable, if not publishable.

And at least you're getting some writing done. I did a lot in Sept/Oct, finished a first draft of a book I really am anxious to get back on, but after that my writing lagged. I am now starting a draft with my kids for a YA-crossover book that I intend to make palpable for kids and adults alike.

I see no reason to age-discriminate!

If the kids have their way, I will have a nuclear banana bomb.

My youngun can hardly even be called a toddler anymore. He is climbing, not toddling, and running rather than walk. This at 15 mos, and he already has a few unintelligible words that only the family and the dogs truly understand. "Bah" is his favorite word because the dogs go freak when they hear it.

That means "ball" when translated.

Now, why in the heck would you knock #67 rank! That's awesome!

- Eric

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Woo HOO! You sure are prolific! Enjoy some well-deserved rest now.

Anne Gallagher said...

Jennifer -- Thanks, I can hardly believe it myself.

Eric -- Ha! I wish it was publishable right now. I hear you on the writing/editing pulling, moving, rewriting -- ugh! But onward. Nuclear Banana Bomb. I like it. And the Monster had a few words like that too, only her "bah" meant food.

Susan -- Thanks. Rest. If only.

A.M. Swan said...

Congratulations! And I love that cover btw.

Liza said...

I saw via your tweet via LinkedIn that you finished. Congratulations! I love the idea of marathon writing days. My have to happen in "blocks." Have a great weekend Anne!

Anne Gallagher said...

Bru -- It's funny you should say that my books are hitting at the right moment, so many people are not looking at Regencies or series, so who knows at this point what will happen. I guess I'll find out.

Ariel -- Hey thanks for stopping by. How's it going with you? Haven't seen you around in awhile.

Liza -- I generally chunk out blocks too. So many in the morning, so many in the afternoon, editing at night. It's exhausting but with my crazy self-imposed schedule, I liken it to working double shifts at the restaurant. and then working another job at night.

Donna Hosie said...

Anne - you are the next author I intend to buy an e-book from. Which one of your titles would you suggest I start off with?

Anne Gallagher said...

Donna -- Aww that's sweet. I guess if you wanted, you could start off with Winsbarren, but I would wait to buy it b/c I'm going to do a free promotion with it when I release THE DUKE'S DIVORCE. So hang tight. Should be before Valentine's Day.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

#67 is freaking awesome, my dear. I think you're doing better than you think. And finishing a draft is just plain cool (wish I was there for Scales already!) Congrats!

Old Kitty said...

Huge congratulations on such wonderful progress!! Onwards and most definitely upwards for you!! Take care