In my last post, Why Ride Roller Coasters When Writing Gives You The Same Thrills?, I talked about where I was in the publishing process with my novel Letters to Chyna. I was also days away from meeting with a literary agent. Well, on Tuesday we met and I thoroughly enjoyed my first sit down with someone who has the potential to help me get my book to market.
It was very thrilling hearing a professional opinion about my work. I found myself wishing I had brought a micro-recorder so I could have captured her words of praise, but I think my memory will do just fine. She liked my voice and the story and thinks it has great potential! Nothing makes a writer do cartwheels more than someone telling them that they enjoyed reading their work! Writers live for that kind of feedback and when readers quote specific scenes and talk about your characters as if they are as real for them as they were for you when you wrote them, golden!
Sounds like heaven doesn't it? Well, we're not quite past the clouds yet. I have some homework to do. Along with the great feedback were suggestions on how I can make the work even stronger and they were not things that I disagreed with. So guess what? I'm now entering into a revision and editing stage for the next few months. Then when I'm done, I'm resubmitting my manuscript for a re-read. After that, when my re-worked work passes muster, then...
I will be writing another update and bringing you along for the ride! A writer's work is never done!
More to come!
QUESTION: If you have been asked to edit or re-write sections of your manuscript, how did you approach the task? Share in the comments!