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Now what?

So last night, at about midnight, I finished the rewrite of my manuscript. I had been working on it for five years (and for a lot of that time, it had to sit on the back burner due to schoolwork) and to finally have it done is both liberating and terrifying.

I have a printed copy of it sitting in a three inch binder (because apparently 300-ish pages is a lot bigger that I thought it would be) and glaring at me from across the room. Once I find a sizable hole for it, I’ll bury it under a mountain of clothes or lock it in my closet for a few weeks.

Why?

So that when I do go back for a round of edits (with red pen in hand), I’ll be looking at it with fresh eyes.

But now I’m not sure where to go next for my writing endeavors. I’ve closed out the document file on my laptop and refuse to open it again unless I have to; only if I have to print out a copy for a beta reader. (Have I mentioned I’ve sent a copy to a few beta readers? Yeah, terrifying but I’ve been getting positive feedback so far and am over the moon. One beta reader is actually JM Tuckerman, my friend and co-conspirator over at Round Robin and I’m not saying you should check out her website/Round Robin, but you should totally check them out.)

With my manuscript kind of floating in the Editorial Limbo, I’m in that part where I’ve dedicated so much time to this one project that I’m not sure how to proceed onward!

So friends, what do you do if you find yourself in Editorial Limbo, or between projects? Let me know in a comment below!

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