Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I did it again...

I sent out another query letter. Which always makes me nervous. I'm a perfectionist, and if the letter won't guarantee publication, then I have doubts about it. I know it's ridiculous, but that's just the way my mind works. It didn't stop me from sending the letter out! I think it's actually a good letter this time, too. In fact, you can read it in the newly updated Synopsis page.

Last Friday, I sent my WiP out to a few friends to give it a once-over. One friend actually got back to me within HOURS. (While I'm on the subject, I want to thank J. L. Jackson for reading over my book. Drop by her blog and say hi!) Anyway, after thinking about the second draft of my novel, I came to the conclusion that it's still too short. I spent half the weekend mulling over ways to make it longer without just filling in with pointless narrative, and I came up with another plot to add to the story. This isn't a sub-plot, either. I realized that the main plot, while full and complete on its own, isn't complex enough to make for a great book. It would work for a Middle Grade novel, but not Young Adult...and this book is too violent to be MG. Today (and the rest of this week) will be filled up with these re-writes/additions. I'm excited! It makes my end-of-June [self-imposed] deadline harder to reach, but I think I might be able to do it.

Oh yeah, and I have to get Todd's WiP finished by the end of the week so that he'll be able to jump in on his second draft when he gets back from vacation.


  1. Congrats and good luck with the query!

  2. Thanks for the plug Giles! It was my pleasure.

    Good luck with the query. I am getting closer to that process, but I am really nervous about it.

  3. Woo! Pretty excited to get back and put your (and my other beta's) edits & suggestions to work!