Writing Event Horizon

In general relativity an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms it is “the point of no return” i.e. the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible.1257596738438424553ywuwth-md

I’m approaching the event horizon of this project. My novel is almost done. Now, I’m being pulled by the gravity of completion toward the black hole of writing my query letter – the letter in which you write more brilliantly than you ever have in your life.

In the time it took me to write this novel I have figured out some important things:

1 – Finally, I can describe my novel in thirty words or less.

2 – After countless battles, I made Word 2007 my friend, sort of. I know how to replace words using edit, I have every chapter typed to the best of my ability, and I understand how to compile the entire novel into a continuous flow of numbered pages.

3 – At this moment, I have an outline of my query letter and a draft of the synopsis.

4 – And, most important of all – I am not, nor will I ever be, a proficient typist.

So, the big question is: who in hell is going to type this manuscript for me?  This is not a favor you can ask of your friend the office assistant at work. Not if you want to keep that friend.
So tell me. What are the going prices for manuscript typing? I know this is an expensive proposition, but will I have to mortgage the house?

How will you handle the typing issue when the time comes?


6 thoughts on “Writing Event Horizon”

  1. I enjoyed your photos. Why must the manuscript be typed? If it’s on Word, can’t you just reformat it any way you need? Don’t forget, your critique group will tweak your query letter.

    1. Thanks, Terri

      It’s funny how the closer I get to finishing (3 CHAPTERS TO GO) the more nervous I feel. I’m taking your advice about formatting from what I already have. Having my manuscript typed by a professional won’t improve it. Talk about magical thinking!

      I will depend on WW to help me with the query letter. The letter I wrote nearly two years ago is a mess, but it does have a few bright spot.

      Btw, we had a good meeting Monday. It was great to be back! N

  2. Unfortunately, I have no idea how much it costs to hire a typist. I know there are editing services available, and they charge by the word or the page, depending upon the level of editing you require. Simply typing something in seems pretty straightforward, so I imagine a few hundred bucks should do it. Are you typing in from your marked up manuscript? Are some of the pages handwritten? I’m curious, because at some point wasn’t the manuscript typed to begin with? If it was, that means it would be possible, though with much effort, to type it again. 🙂

    Also, have you looked into the resource provider board at Holly’s forums? I’ll bet there’s someone there who would be more than happy to do it for a reasonable rate.

    And hey, congrats on getting that query letter ready! That’s huge. 😀

    1. Hi Kirsten: Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, I have been typing it in as I go but, for some reason, I thought it should be done by a professional. Maybe I’m just too insecure, but aren’t all writers? With Word I can format for submission and set up a digital file. Honestly, I don’t want to pay anyone. My biggest challenge now is the query letter. My writer’s group leader reminded me they will critique it. Yikes. Nerves! N

  3. I want to be where you are! I feel if I really push it I can be there in six to nine months. I fear the query letter myself. Luckily there are a lot resources out there that can help you.

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