That’s that. My manuscript is finished and in the mail, awaiting approval from my adviser and second reader. I expect it to be a week or more before I hear back and find out if I finally get to graduate, but in the meantime, I could use a breather. The process of this novel has been physically and emotionally exhausting, but I’m feeling really good about it. I know it has a long way to go before I’m ready to publish, but I made incredible progress over the course of this program. Two full semesters of revising, three new drafts since I finished the first draft at the end of my second semester.
My final book is 314 pages and 103,734 words.
And now I take a deep breath and wait.