I sent off the first draft

For those of you who are devoted followers of my blog (Hi Mom!) you know that I was supposed to be done with my first draft of my next manuscript by the end of August. It’s still August, right?

Well, okay, the end of August was always a long shot. I’m simply not one of those authors who can write a book in two weeks or a month. I never even try during National Write a Book in a Month. (Who are these people and do they ever shower?)

Anyway, after four months of not cooking dinner and wholing up in my room during every free moment, I’m finally done with the first draft.


I lovingly patted it’s pages (well, electronically anyway)and sent it off to the bow-tied one last night. I’m sure he will slaughter it with post haste and send me back the bleeding entrails to fix.

When we last talked on the phone about it, one of the first things he asked me was whether it was going to make him cry. I keep telling him that I write romantic comedies and people aren’t supposed to cry during those, but he doesn’t buy it. Since I wrote Just One Wish for him, he wants tears.

Actually, I’m sure it will make him cry–although maybe just because it wasn’t what he wanted after all and he had to wait four months for it.

We’ll see.


  1. Heather B. Moore
    October 30, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Congrats Janette! It’s August in my book–except that Halloween is coming up really fast 🙂

  2. Annette Lyon
    October 30, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Woohoo! You’re done! Until it comes back bleeding! Celebrate in the interim.

  3. The Golfing Librarian
    October 30, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Call me naive (or anything else you may find appropriate) but I think a novel in 4 months is pretty darn impressive! I’m on the 4 YEAR plan!
    Is this the novel that is “sans title”?

  4. Jennifer
    October 30, 2008 at 9:05 am

    You are so funny. I’m sure if the bow-tied one cries, it’ll be because your book is so moving.

    I was a NaNoWriMo winner last year (National Novel Writing Month) and I can testify to the fact that I did shower (at least much as I normally do, anyway) 😀 But you have to remember, they said you have to write a 50,000-word book in a month. They didn’t say the book had to be /good/ 😀

    That particular book is nowhere near being finished to the point that I could send it off, and that was LAST year’s NaNo. Many – if not most – of those 50,000 words have gone the way of the delete button.

  5. Kimberly
    October 30, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I did Nano last year and while it was a bit mental, 1667 words a day isn’t too bad. Especially if there’s nothing to say they have to be any good.

    Learning to turn off the internal editor was a good lesson to learn, I found, even if the end result was bin worthy.


  6. Janette Rallison
    October 30, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Yep, this is the one without a title thus far, although I think I will be making an announcement about that very soon.

  7. Lillian Syville
    October 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Now you have a whole week to do all the projects you’ve been neglecting for the last four months 🙂

  8. joelle
    October 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    What did you finally call it?

    And congratulations!

  9. JaredNGarrett
    October 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Hey, nice work. Congratulations on the sending off… Can’t wait to hear what the title will be.

    My word verification today is ‘nesti’.

  10. Cheryl
    October 31, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I’m with the other Nanowriters…I did NaNoWriMo last year and it’s totally possible! I wrote this 50,000+ word novel that would just…well, make you throw up, really. It was bad. Really bad.
    But I had 50,000+ words!

    Congrats on turning in the novel! Here’s hoping it doesn’t bleed to much when it comes back. 🙂

  11. Steelefamily
    November 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats! Wow, I read the comments and realize everyone (minus me) is a writer. Does commenting on blogs count? p.s. I am kind of famous now that you have commented on my blog:)

  12. Julie Wright
    November 3, 2008 at 9:23 am

    congratulations on a completed manuscript. That is simply awesome! I cannot wait to read it!

  13. kersten campbell
    November 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks for being so sweet to my daughter when you did your fireside in Pullman (She’s the niece of Tamsin Campbell who lives in Joan Miles’ old house) She said you were so fun! Bill Gardner has been telling me all about you! I am just getting my first book published by Cedar Fort and so I was excited to read about your adventures!

  14. Pink Ink
    November 4, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Congrats Janette! Woo-hoo for you!

    I was one of those NaNo people, and I even occasionally remembered to shower before the mailman caught me trying to check the mail.

    I’m kind of doing a FauxNaNo this year, just to finish the book I already have.

  15. Janette Rallison
    November 4, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Do they have a National Write a Book in Four months contest?

    I’ll never make it in one.

  16. Lenore
    November 5, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I am lusting over My Fair Godmother – see my full post here .

  17. Shaunda Wenger
    November 6, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Congrats, Janette! I was browsing amazon today to choose one of your books for my daughter for Christmas, and I think I may have seen the cover for this one. Very cool! And definitely inviting, as far as saying, Read ME! The 2 new books coming out look great!

  18. Janette Rallison
    November 7, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    The covers are a definite improvement. Hope your daughter likes them!

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