Forever and One Week is with the editor. She warned me of a three to four weeks wait.
Reactions from my beta readers have been varied. One hated it and criticized everything. And I mean, everything. She was the first one to send her feedback, so imagine the horror, self-doubt, paranoia and depression that followed. I had to wait 2 weeks to receive more feedback, this time positive, from 4 other readers. My brow stopped sweating then, bar a single drop of nagging doubt (what if the one who disliked my book was more representative of a majority???)
Two readers didn’t find anything to change. Two advised a few minor ones, which I followed because they were easy to do and more to the point, made sense to me.
My cover artist has e-mailed me to say she should be ready to send mock-ups today or tomorrow. I’m so excited, I can’t wait! I think the cover is my most favourite thing to organize. It adds a proper visual side to my novel and determines the whole feel of it.
On another note, hubby has registered himself with a chef’s agency and is starting tomorrow as relief head chef. He’ll get sent anywhere in Scotland, from a few days here to a few weeks there. I knew that with his experience, he’d have no trouble finding work, but I wasn’t expecting him to start the day after he registered. This will be the first time in the 15 years we’ve been together that I won’t see him every day, since he’ll be live-in staff. I feel blue.
I haven’t been alone with the kids for days on end before either. I am biting my nails at the notion. It’s not like I have any family around to support me! Thankfully, I have wonderful neighbours.
Time to rediscover my independant self I think!