I finished editing my book for publisher submission

[This post is imported from my old Livejournal account, where I blogged from 2007-2015.]

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to spain to visit Steph. It’s boiling hot in the uk so I’m basically looking forward mainly to the pool and seeing her ahhh.
Yesterday I finished my 2nd draft and I’m consequently freaking out rather a lot about it, i keep having nightmares about my agent realising how awful it is and blocking my emails and calling my parents for a chat about how disappointed in me she is, full on wake-up-sad nightmares.
Its nice to have it done though, I feel like I can think about the sequel and I really hope I don’t have to make more changes because I’m kind of done with this book, I feel like it I rewrite it anymore it’s going to be really jampacked and overloaded to read, even if what it’s overloaded with is well written witty banter and jokes. Idk, I know the plot so well now I can’t even reread it without skimming like yeah, yeah, got it.
So yeah I like it as it is, its the perfect mix of humour and angst and romance and drama and it’s pretty funny too.
Other news: having family trouble with my aunt, she sucks. Turn 21 soon, I’m getting a barbour jacket and a mustard yellow zatchel bag because I’m just that ridiculous. Been hanging out with people lots and trying not to think about how much I miss everyone who lives in other countries because missing them isn’t going to make a difference to when I see them again.

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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