Final Revisions, New Projects
This is probably why I never started a blog before: sucky time management. Keeping up with a blog while working and parenting and writing and being a volleyball/hockey fan (and occasionally trying to get some sleep) is just too much for me. I admire people who can do it... unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Anyway, it's been two months since I've given a status update, which I suppose is appropriate because it gives you an idea of how truly slowly this publishing process can be. Last time I posted (8/21/15), I was working on the first round of revisions based on feedback from my agent. I got her initial feedback on 7/27/15 and I sent my revisions back to her on 8/28 -- it took me about a month to slog through it. She then dug in again for a third reading (first reading: when she initially read the manuscript and offered me representation; second reading: initial feedback; third reading: second round of more minor feedback). She got me her (possibly last) round of suggestions on 10/13. These were much less intimidating. Not plot holes or character development or major issues, just little things I just needed to remove or clarify, stuff that dates the story (or the author), wording issues, etc. Nothing too big or overwhelming. I've been working on these and hope to get back the edited version by Friday, 10/30. Then (I assume), she'll read through it one more time. Imagine -- reading the same book four times within 5 months! What a trouper! Once we decide that the book is good enough (not perfect, because that will never happen, but good enough), the process is mostly in her hands: writing a pitch letter, contacting publishers, etc., etc. I really don't have much of an idea what that is involved because I have never been through it before. But I'm looking forward to finding out! Please keep your fingers crossed for me. I would love to see this book actually have a life outside of my computer!
In the meantime, I'm supposed to be starting on a new project. And I have started ... I just haven't gotten very far. It's about Harper, a tech savvy youtube sensation who would consider trading her absentee mom for more bandwith, and Eddie, a farm boy with hippie parents who doesn't even have a data plan on his flip phone. Harper and Eddie have so little in common that they might as well be different species. But when they are stranded together during an ice storm -- no power, no phones, no technology -- they realize maybe they aren't so different after all. Or maybe they still are, but that's ok. Anyway, it's in the very early stages. I'll let you know how it goes.
I may not be back for awhile, but I'll definitely let you know when there is progress. Thanks for checking in!
P.S. Oh! And I almost forgot: I got a rejection the other day on a query I sent out on May 13. That's FIVE months. See? Very slow process. Like molasses.
10/27/2015 07:25:01 pm
Hang in there! I can't imagine sticking with a project through 4 sets of revisions, but I know it has a lot of potential! (I thought the first version was awesome!) Thanks for the update. Love the new idea! Keep writing!!! -- Ricki
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