"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Now for the SCARY stuff - An "Ailing Body Nourished Soul" Progress/Goal update

Can hardly believe it's December, and two days past my super-gynormous goal for my book--getting my book professional-editor-ready by November 30, 2009, a year from when I was awarded honorable mention in the 2008 Page Turner Nonfiction contest (Congratulations to Lynda Schab, THIS year's fiction winner, as well as Shelley Ledfors and Lisa Mikitarian, the runners up, by the way!). And, if you missed my November 24 post, I am announcing to you that I DID IT! I am done with it - and have put it aside until a professional looks at it again. What an INCREDIBLE feeling!

Anyhow, as is customary, I am posting my goals for November here, so you can see what I have accomplished.

  1. Finish my "read-aloud" read-through of Ailing Body Nourished Soul
  2. Do one more "proofreading/whatever else I can find" read-through
  3. Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day, two hours a week on my book until I'm done 

I am pleased to say that I met all three of these goals in November...then took a few days' respite (from writing, anyway - it was ANYTHING but restful in every other area, but that's beside the point!). I THINK I'm ready to get back to work.

My goals, however, are different for this month, now that the book-writing portion is done, as is the editing (at least until Deb gets my stuff back to me!). Now is the time to start diving into the scary part of the process - getting this book PUBLISHED!

And here they are:
During the month of December 2009,  I will strive to:
  1. Spend a decent amount of time researching agents and publishing houses who could potentially publish "Ailing Body Nourished Soul" and
  2. Begin working on whatever documents (cover letter? book proposals) I might need to submit along with my actual book to be considered for pubication.
So, that's it. With the holidays, I'm not setting specific time goals, as this is a crazy time for me and EVERYONE ELSE! Will try to work just about daily, though, as I can. Still plugging along!

Thanks so much for reading, and your support! Have a blessed Christmas!


  1. Yay! I'm proud of you. I'm willing to help if you need any editing or anything on the cover letters and stuff, though I'm no expert on content of that stuff.

  2. Cheering with you Jo!! Way to knock those goals off.


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