Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Done!

Yes, it's done. I took Rach's advice and left my ms alone; after a little more tweaking. Hehe.

But I sent it on its way to Vic for the VP contest.

Alas though, it was sent with minor booboos.

I can hear you all gasp from here.

Let me explain- I originally wrote my fist ms- targeted for Desire, on my old computer which at the time was called 'Old Trusty' let me just say, it was anything but trust worthy. Ask Suz. Actually one day it blew up and silly me hadn't saved fresh hard copies. I can hear you tsk tsking. I know, I've learnt my lesson. Anyway it had xp programed on it and since then my husband brought me a laptop which I call my 'sidekick'. But to my disappointment, my laptop isn't equipped with Microsoft word, it only had works.

Well, they don't coinside, do they. So my book which is word compatible cant be edited on my laptop which is also formatted with my new printer.

I have downloaded word viewer from the net but this doesn't allow me to edit. But I thought to myself, no worries. I'll edit it on one and print from the other.

Ha! I had it all set out with 2.5cm all round, bla bla, but when i transfered it over to print- it moved everything about and wouldn't let me fix it! Ahhhhhh!

So I called my bestfriend for help, her son had word and a fast printer and we put it through that.

But God want on my side this day. It ran out of ink after making only 3 copies, VP want 5.

I turned in defeat and decided either I was going to not send it at all or send it not formatted properly.

Are you on the edge of your seat yet? My friend darted back over and said "come on, we'll duck into town, get more ink, come back and print and then go back and send it." At this point I should tell you, we're 30min from town. Add it up.

Anyway, with it all printed; 250 pages, I noticed a few problems.

  • the first 3 copies, their numbers didn't print properly; I think it prints so fast it missed it. Hehe

  • then I noticed the last 2 copies back page was two lines different from the first 3. I wanted to scream.But at that point I said lets go. Send it before I think it's all an omen and I shouldn't send it to anyone.

So there it is. The melodrama of trying to send my ms and I know if I purchase word these problems wouldn't exist, but sometimes all the wishing and need can't compete with $.

I hope I don't lose too many points. But I'm keen to get some feed back, it's not about the winning.

Am I the only one who has melodramatic problems with this stuff?

But thanks to the encouraging words of support from Rach, Amanda and my bestfriend/sister, WE got it out there.

I guess in the end you realise your friends are another necessary key to success!

Happy Writing



Rachael Blair said...

Congrats on sending it off... And you're not the only one with issues! I entered two mss and when I'd finished printing both five times, I let out a sigh of relief. Then, I went to place the cover page on top and realise I'd put the same title in the header of both. So, I had to print 250 more pages! Not a good day for the trees!

Good luck - contests are soooooo much fun!

Sussan Marz said...

Printer dramas always happen at the worst possible moments - my sympathies :-).

Good luck! I hope you get some valuable feedback. I couldn't get my entry done in time, so I've opted to help with the judging instead. Should be fun.

Sandie Hudson said...

Hi Kerri seen your post over at Rach's and thought I'd drop by. Congrat's on sending of your MS's alway a scary thing to do.

You do know that computers and printers have male moments just to upset us women folk. (Well mine do normally when I do not need them too.)

Good luck with your entry.

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Congraulations on getting it off Keri, it's amazing the things writers do to meet deadlines. heheh.
The feedback with be worth all the drama. :)


Kerri Williams writer of romance said...

thanks everyone. I'll let you know when i get it back.
luv kez