I am bang, smack in the middle of rewriting (and I mean rewriting) my cosy mystery story. I received some exceedingly valuable feedback from an agent about this piece, and what it needs to reach a marketable point. Scary advice – but once I stopped sulking, and really looked it, I realised that she was right. The suggested changes will make a huge difference to the readability (and saleability) of the piece.
So now I’m in the middle of an anxiety-producing rewrite. I have no idea if I’m going to make the Easter deadline either. Having said that, it cheered me greatly to see a post from a fellow writer on a facebook writers group (of which I am a member). She said that it had taken her 18 months to (a) deal with the feedback, (b) redraft her story, and (c) finish the draft to a submittable level. Good to know that I’m not the only one paralysed by fear at the prospect of a rewrite. So, its onwards and upwards with that one.
And just to make my writers journey more challenging, I’ve finished the rewrite of my new junior grade fiction novel, prepared the pitching materials and synopsis, and am about to embark of the process of submitting it to various publishers. Expect that rejection widget to see some action over the next three months. Hey, you never know, I may actually get an acceptance/show of interest!.
Fingers crossed. Keep up your writing!
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Sarah, so pleased you have passed the sulking phase, and what a great achievement to get feedback from an agent. Love that you have a deadline and that you have been so prolific on so many fronts. Now’s it’s time to knock that angst on the head (with a mullet, a sledgehammer, or a sedative perhaps…) and take it to the next level. Go you!!! Can’t wait to hear how you go. Good luck. Spiri
Thanks Spiri. I have to keep chipping away at it. I hope that your projects are going well too.