Well, nearly a year ago ALL of you helped me get to here:
This "in production" thing still makes me feel like I’ve been crowned Prom Queen.
“So, Meghan, are you still writing?”
One of the teachers I hated the most in the 5th grade was my art teacher. He was a sanctimonious man who did not know how to speak to children. (I mean, we have all had jobs that weren’t ideal fits) Every time I brought him my work he would hold it out in front of him, nod his head and say, “I mean, it is a good start.”
This was infuriating to a 10-year-old unconcerned with “perspective in a city scene” and who wanted desperately to be excused to free-time coloring.
But, to a woman of a certain age, writing a novel, “a good start” is encouraging feedback! The very thoughtful folks at Inkshares have given me a lot to consider in order to make Eudaimonia better. They have also been A LOT more helpful than my 5th-grade art teacher. I like better and I am certain you will too. Currently, I’m about a third of the way through the second round of edits. My goal is to get them wrapped up before the end of the year. Either way, I’ll let you know :)
This experience is really a lot of fun for me. But your continued interest and support is like sprinkles on top of frosting! Awww, thanks, guys!
Until I have more to report,
I know what you must be thinking, “Eudai..what? Meghan, who?”
Which is a perfectly normal response when you haven’t heard from someone in months. To recap, I am Meghan Godwin and I wrote Eudaimonia, and you (very graciously) helped me get it on track to be published. We are now inexorably linked. Hooray!
I have been working diligently for the last few months to spruce up the Eudaimonia manuscript based on the comments, suggestions, and feedback from the developmental edit letter. Today, I am proud to report, I’m done… with that part. I have just emailed the first round of developmental edits for Eudaimonia. Double Hooray!
We are still a ways from “totally finished”, but this round of edits is a nice mile marker to pass on that road to “done”. And, as we keep passing mile markers I will keep updating you on our progress!
Thanks again for your help and support!
P.S. - To my new friends and followers, if you haven’t pre-ordered Eudaimonia yet you can do so here: https://www.inkshares.com/books/eudaimonia-48b598
I know that it has been a minute since my last update. I just wanted to let you know that I am A) still alive B) still typing away.
The first few months of the year are very busy at my job, so there is a direct correlation to how much work gets done versus how much writing gets done. I have created a somewhat crude diagram to illustrate this. (All figures are exaggerated to make a point)
As you may remember I received developmental edit notes/suggestions for the manuscript in February. I did attempt to work on them in February & March, albeit very slowly. April is looking up and I should feel like I’m making real progress in May & June.
Back to work,
Oh boy, oh boy! Last week I got some developmental edits/notes for Eudaimonia!
Which means I will be busy revising and writing in the coming days and weeks! So, any inspiring and energetic good vibes fell free to send my way. I will NEED them.Publishing, I’m coming for you!
I hope your holiday season was wonderful and that 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for you!
I wanted to give you a quick update on where things stand with the production of Eudaimonia. At the beginning of January, I got an email from the folks at Inkshares. They have read the Eudaimonia manuscript and will be reaching out in the next week or so with some information/notes on editing. This is very exciting! Things are happening.
The email also asked a bunch of questions about the "theme" and "archetype" and "Where does your story belong in the 40,000-year-old tradition of human storytelling?" I’m not going to lie, that last one tripped me up a bit. My initial reaction was, "You know, near the end." Like I was telling a mover where to put a box. Not to be flippant, but it is much easier to tell a mover where to put a box than to consider where your place should be in the whole of human storytelling. (I mean, geez, what do you say to that?) So, I said what felt natural: "I don’t know."
I am very much looking forward to the next steps. I can’t wait to fill you in on everything as it develops!
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me, I think we are going to have a lot of fun along the way.
I wanted to first wish you a "happy holidays"!
It has been about 2 weeks since the Launchpad contest ended and Eudaimonia made it into the Top 3!
Since then, I have finished and sent the Inkshares Creative Brief, Author Questionnaire, and my draft of Eudaimonia. I am both equally excited and petrified.
So now, it is just hurry up and wait. But, I am not a very good "waiter". Both in the sense where you take an order and try not to spill beer on someone and when you are supposed to be still and wait patiently. I’ve decided to give NaNoWriMo a whirl this November. I am going to try my hardest to write a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days. Check it out!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to make some headway in something NEW this November. Wish me luck!
You + Me= Published,
P.S. Eudaimonia can still be pre-ordered if you are interested :)
WE. DID. IT.
First things first, congratulations to Paul, Kate, and Susan. This was hard, so, way to persevere. This was not for the faint of heart and you guys did GREAT!
Now, to my people: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I’m sure you are tired of hearing it, but everyone is getting a THANK YOU. This would not have been possible without you. So when I say, "we did it" I truly mean this was a "we" thing. And I am so excited to get to share this experience with you!
More to come, for sure.
Your very grateful friend,