Okay, I know I TOTALLY dropped the ball on this series. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was supposed to wrap it up about 3 months ago. #Shannonfail
But hey–since I spent the greater part of the last 3 months in various forms of Revision Hell–I've actually found quite a few new tricks to share, so ALL THE SLACKING PAID OFF—HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
So…in case you missed the earlier posts (or have just forgotten them over the last three months *coughs*), here's links to PART ONE, PART TWO, and PART THREE of my revision process. And now we're up to PART FOUR–which was *supposed* to be the last stage. But um…ha, it SO isn't.
Well…I guess it is, but I'm realizing I can't cover it all in one post. So there will definitely be a PART FIVE and maybe a PART SIX. I can ramble about revision for a long time. Especially this stage–The Agent Stage.
Now, all literary agents are different, and not all are hands on editorially. Laura happens to be VERY hands on editorially–one of the main reasons I wanted to work with her. But for some of you, this stage may not exist (though most of the things I will be covering apply whether you have an editorial agent or not. Just substitute the word “Agent” for “critique partner”).
Okay, so to get to this stage I've written the draft, revising lightly as I go. I've gone through it myself, based on the “Things I need to Fix” file. I've revised again based on CP feedback. Reread the whole thing in one sitting to watch for consistency. And, finally decided: yes, it's ready to send to Laura! Which…usually means I write up the email and then spend 2 or 3 hours in the: AHHH I'M SCARED TO HIT SEND zone before I finally get brave enough to send off the bad boy.
We'll fast forward through the 2-3 weeks I then spend obsessively checking my email for feedback and whining to anything with ears (yes, that includes my cats) about how afraid I am that she'll hate it. (no need to give you THAT close of a glimpse into my neuroses).
And so we arrive at the moment a lovely email from Laura Rennert with a subject line that has my book's title and the words: “My comments” pops up in my inbox.
So…I've gotten several of these emails over the last year, and I've sort of developed a system for opening them–and it goes something like this.
October 29th, 2019 | News
I can’t believe we’re so close to launch time–where has this year gone??? And I realized that while I’ve posted all of this information on my social media and in my newsletter, I figured it might be good to put it all in one place so you can take advantage of all the awesome things…
May 13th, 2019 | News
The wait is over! The stunning cover of LEGACY has finally been revealed!!!! (illustrated by Jason Chan—and designed by Karin Paprocki). AND BEFORE YOU STOP READING TO STARE AT THE SHINY—WAIT! I HAVE MORE BIG NEWS! ??? The first edition of LEGACY (meaning ALL the copies from the original printing of the book) will have…
November 6th, 2018 | News
Well, it’s finally here. The moment when store shelves get filled with shiny hardcovers and pre-orders ship and ebooks download and my precious book baby stops being mine. It’s a moment I’ve lived through ten times now (HOW IS THIS MY TENTH BOOK???) and yet it’s still a head-spinning mix of excitement and panic. Because I want you guys…