…whew! Now, don’t get me wrong, I have every respect for the writer/editor who commented on my first chapter at AW, but I think part of me was overreacting. Taste is subjective, even among pros/editors/agents, so rather than freaking out and thinking “EEK! MUST DO EVERY SINGLE THING SHE SUGGESTED!” I am going to be rational and look at everything on a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind that she’s only read the first chapter. I am going to make the changes that make sense as far as the big picture goes, and stick to my guns on the things I believe make the manuscript as a whole stronger.
So, if you paused on the crit, please feel free to keep going. I am going to go ahead and tweak the opening chapter based on some of her comments, but that shouldn’t affect your comments. And if enough people comment on the same things, I will reevaluate my stance on the things I am sticking to my guns about.
It helps that an agented author friend who is reading the book is loving it and is completely caught up by the MC’s voice. Since it’s in first person, that is a VERY good thing to hear! I do have to say, though, that the writer/editor DID make many edits to the first chapter I agree with and will be implementing. She really made the MC’s voice POP, so I’m going to go through the entire MS with a red pen and make it sing as well as she did the first chapter.
But no more debilitating myself with fear over what one person (until such time as I get an agent and/or editor of my own!) says. Hell, no sense debilitating myself with fear over what 100 people say. Take it all in graciously, take what works, and go from there.
Yes, sometimes I can be as neurotic as…you know who you are. *cackle* 😉
…I am considering asking my critters to just go ahead and read through the ms without doing any critting or commenting at all. The reason being, I need fellow writers’ brains to pick (my husband is a FANTABULOUS critter but not a writer) about further comments the pro editor/writer made on chapter one. While I am definitely going to take at least SOME of her advice, I’m not entirely sure about a couple of the comments she made and want to be able to ask some others their opinions on the best direction to take the manuscript in. I.E. whether it makes sense to take the story in a completely new direction, or to simply take some of her comments and implement them as best I can in the existing framework of the story.
I’m not sure if that makes sense or not…it does in my mind but I have a headache so what do I know?!? I’ll email my critters to see whether they’re willing to simply read the story over without critting at this time.
…Hee! Seriously, though, I may end up asking my critters to press pause on their crits. Unless they’re done/almost done, which is not likely but possible. Just had a professional editor/writer in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre critique my first chapter via the Share Your Work forum on Absolute Write. (I’m pretty sure I know who she is, but her secret’s safe with me since she’s staying on the down-low.) At any rate, she’s more than qualified to give advice in this genre and what she said made sense to me. She thinks it’s sellable but that it could pop more, and popping is what I’m all about. Er, well, you know what I mean…
Husband and I just did some brain-storming and came up with some good stuff. Now I need to figure out how to implement them without losing too much of the re-writing I just did. The ideas and plot bunnies are now running through my head and I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep any time soon. Eek!
So I just jumped back on the Query-Go-Round. I’m waiting until my beta readers comment on RIF before re-sending the full to J.M., but I figured it couldn’t hurt to send out a few more queries now. So I just sent queries to the lovely Rachel Vater at Lowenstein-Yost Associates, the talented Miriam Kriss at The Irene Goodman Literary Agency, and the excellent Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown, Ltd. I would be absolutely thrilled to have any one of these four agents interested in my manuscript, so here’s hoping!
(Um, yeah, I am a Geek!) I have finished my read-through and prose clean-up pass of the major re-writes of Reborn in Fire and will be passing it on to my beta readers soon. Of course, I need to find everyone’s email addresses in order to do so, but I’m sure I have them around here somewhere. *grin* And I’m wondering if a certain agented Dork (her words, not mine!) might be willing to do a quick looksie and just tell me if it is or isn’t less sucky than last time. Plskthx! 😉
And is it just me, or is LJ really starting to blow these days? I am REALLY starting to hates it! It’s getting slower and slower every time they add these shiny new features that I ABSOLUTELY DON’T NEED! I use this thing to blog. I don’t need fancy crap that makes everything slow down to snail speed. *grumble* And I HATE the lag every time LJ loads that occurs in IE since I can only use Firefox (where it DOESN’T occur) at home. If this keeps on, I am SOOOO going to cancel my paid membership. Why should I pay to help them make things suck more for me?
Okay, rant over…I think.
…Dresden! Yay! Still not sure if I’m going to love it half as much as the books, but I’m giving it a chance…
*smug* WOO FRIGGING HOO!!! The re-writes from Hell are finally OVAH! Okay, mostly. I have a very small amount of minor notes to take care of, but that won’t take more than an hour or two. Tops. The satisfaction at once again reaching the words, “The End” on this novel are immense. More pleasurable than last time, because now I have the knowledge that this is a strong, saleable premise that had interest from 3 different agents, one of whom is interested in the rewrite. WOO FRIGGING HOO!!!
That said, I am going to try and finish the last little edits today, and any necessary polishing soon. Then I need to
butter up sweet-talk ask the people who previously volunteered to beta if they’re still willing to do so. *bats her eyelashes cutely*
Did I mention WOO FRIGGING HOO!!! yet???
New Final (MS Word) Word Count:
ETA: I feel honor-bound to admit that I had such an awesome word count today because I was able to re-tool some of the previous ending in order to make it work with the new ending. Though this time it works much better because heroine wasn’t running off alone stupidly, it was part of the plan!!! =)