My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Realization…

I had a horrible realization this morning, about my Inner Mess book. Last Sunday, I experienced the thrill of sending off the completed manuscript, all 61,500 words, to my publisher. What a day! (Scroll down to the post called, The Eagle Has Landed for more info).

Except that the contract calls for 65,000 words. I entered ministry so I could avoid math. For the last six months, I’ve had the number 60,000 in my mind. This morning, I looked over my contract–actually, I was too upset to do it, so Margi looked it over for me. Sixty-five thousand, there it is, in black and white.

This would go in the chapter called “Your Inner Dummy” where I talk about “Blanking Out”.

I’m embarrassed that my first manuscript with this wonderful publisher is short; but I’m already working on the fix. I’ll send it in with an apology and an appeal for grace.  I guess I won’t be blowing my editor away as an undiscovered yet brilliant writer.  Just thought I’d share my realization with you, my faithful reader.


9 thoughts on “My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Realization…

  1. Bill,
    I admire your honesty in sharing this. It (your honesty) makes me want to buy even more copies of your book than before! I’m sure you won’t mind if I pay 61,500/65,000 of the retail price. : – ) Just kidding!

    What’s really cool, is that your intent was to go over and above (what was, in your fuzzy brain) the call of duty, by 1500 words! Nice. Extra words! Unusual for a preacher. : – )

    By the way. This is not an Inner Mess mess. It’s called a “senior moment.”


  2. You guys crack me up!!!!! Since when is a pair of handsome dudes your age considered SENIORS?????

    You have YEARS to go to claim that dignified label! Give me a break!

    tee hee, tee hee! Now, I AM a senior and I can prove it with my birth cert!!!!!

  3. I have no doubt you’ll be able to whip out 4000-5000 more words in no time. It’s an incredible gift that just oozes out you.

    Thanks for everything you do that in so many ways….go unnoticed to the rest of us.

  4. Bill,

    Does the 65K number include your Table of Contents…? Footnotes…? Index…? Bibliography…?

    If you need another (in this case, fast) edit review, please email me.


  5. Bill, let me write the forward or Intro. How hard can it be to write 3,500 words. I should be done by 2050.


  6. oh. Yipes. The closest I’ve come to blanking out, as a photographer is shooting a magnificent sunset at mono lake, then realizing I had it set on the wrong quality setting….or driving half way to a place and realizing I didn’t bring any memory cards…

    5,000 words isn’t bad…it’s only about 3 Dr. Seuss books…

  7. maybe God has something extra special for you to write and this extended time will allow you to do just that. 🙂

    I always think a “frequently asked questions” part of a book are very helpful.

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