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It’s not quite finished, there’s still a final edit, footnotes, index etc, but I’ve actually got together a first draft of ‘Hobbit to Hero: The Making of Tolkien’s King’ . And today I delivered a copy of the manuscript to my prospective publisher. 

Gosh, it’s been long time coming, nearly three years, and I do feel a little proud of myself for just getting this far, what with everything else I have to squeeze into my days. There have been plenty of times when I feared I would never get there and I’ve certainly felt as if I was grappling some ever expanding unruly monster. Now that the dozens of word docs and books of notes and hundreds of post-it notes have finally been tied down into six coherent chapters, the structure seems obviously. It was anything but at the outset! 

Yes, it’s been a labour of love, Aragorn has been my hero for many, many years and I’ve long felt he deserved the sort of academic treatment I hope I’ve provided for him, but I can’t pretend it’s been easy. At just over 101,000 words, the book is a tad longer than a PhD thesis and I don’t mind admitting that accomplishing this has been far, far harder than anything I did for my degree. Although, on the face of it, the book is about Aragorn, inevitably it’s actually about so much more. 

I constantly worry that it's not good enough and that I'm an idiot to even attempt publication but do know I would never have had the confidence to even embark on a project like this had my fan fiction not been so well received. So I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who who read my stories and left such nice reviews. They really did make the difference. My wonderful betas especially have been amazing. Cairistiona has repeatedly put her own work on hold to wade through my stuff and her input has been invaluable. Estelcontar then double-checked everything and picked up those errors that slipped through unseen by either of us. Their encouraging feedback was also essential to see me through those bleak times.

Now it’s out of my hands. Meeting up today was a bit of cold reality after the euphoria of completion and it's quite possible that the subject matter will be thought to appeal to too narrow a readership for publication to be viable. But fingers crossed, and hopefully today’s date may yet prove an auspicious one!

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Date: 2012-03-01 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
I am going to keep fingers firmly crossed that your book is found to be completely, eminently publishable! Now it's time to relax a bit and maybe enjoy some fanfic or watch the movies again and enjoy Aragorn as he is without having to worry whether you've caught all the reasons and details of how he came to be. *g*

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
And catching up with your story will definitely help in that regard. I just read read chapter two and loved it!

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Aw, yay! Glad it passed muster!

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Date: 2012-03-01 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harrowcatliz.livejournal.com
Huge congrats. Can't wait to read it'

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thanks so much Liz. One possible reader already!

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Date: 2012-03-02 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rs9.livejournal.com
*jumps up and down* How exciting! Give yourself a big pat on the back..then buy some wine and chocolate! What an accomplishment!

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Oh Rachael, you're my sort of party girl! Thank you so much.

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Date: 2012-03-02 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aragorn-reader.livejournal.com
And you delivered the manuscript on Aragorn's birthday. How fitting!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed purely for selfish reasons because I'd love to read such a book.

Amy

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
It's lovely to hear from you Amy, and thank you so much. Yes, I was determined to get that draft ready for March 1st!

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Date: 2012-03-02 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] estelcontar1.livejournal.com
I never doubted you'd achieve your goal. Like Cairistiona I'm keeping everything crossable crossed your book gets published. In my book it deserves to. It is a beautiful tribute to Aragorn.

Anyway, now that it's done you should relax and enjoy having finished with such exit the task you set yourself.
Edited Date: 2012-03-02 02:23 am (UTC)

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! As you know, it was a close run thing and I so hope you're right.

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Date: 2012-03-02 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirebound.livejournal.com
I'm so proud of you!!!!!!

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
*hugs* Thank you!

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindahoyland.livejournal.com
Congratulations and good luck! My friend in the USA is interested in buying your book!

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you so much Linda. The more I hear of possible readers, the happier I am!

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Date: 2012-03-02 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellynn-ithilwen.livejournal.com
Congratulations! *jumpy* *raises a glass* I am proud of you and happy for you. Like the others, I keep my fingers crossed. And now, have some rest! You deserve it. :)

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Date: 2012-03-02 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you Ellynn. I plan to make the most of this weekend as lambing will soon be upon me and then I remember what busy is really like! Love the icon btw!

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Date: 2012-03-02 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzll.livejournal.com
YAAAY, congrats!!!! That is quite an accomplishment, and keeping my fingers crossed that it all turns out well!!! I would read it and I've got a handful of Tolkien-y fans here who would as well *g*

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Date: 2012-03-02 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Oh that is good to hear! Thanks Suz. And good luck with your writing, I hear you're flat out busy too.

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Date: 2012-03-02 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] curiouswombat.livejournal.com
What good news! Well done to you - and to your betas too.

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Date: 2012-03-03 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you, yes my betas have really been wonderful. Now I just have to wait!

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Date: 2012-03-07 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] endlessrarities.livejournal.com
Congratulations!! Fingers crossed it goes forward for publication...

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Date: 2012-03-07 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inzilbeth-liz.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm beginning to feel very nervous!

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