Thought I’d disappeared? No. Actually, it’s all part of the process. The draft was finished, I’d tweaked, fussed, worried, cursed and fussed a bit more over it until my brain cells had switched themselves off in rebellion, and then came another hard thing to do. I had to leave it alone and stop picking at it!
If you really want to be able to look at your work critically, you need not only to get objective and honest feedback from people your trust, you need to get some distance from it too. That means forgetting about it for a reasonable amount of time. So that’s what I did.
I didn’t touch the thing for about two or three months, and then, a couple of weeks ago I read the whole thing again with the benefit of a relatively fresh couple of eyes. The result is that you notice some of those niggling plot flaws and typos that escaped your attention before. Now, there are bound to be a few errors hiding behind some of the paragraphs and lurking between the dashes and dots somewhere, but I reckon I’ve uncovered and fixed most of them.
And with that all done, it’s finally ready.
Keep your fingers crossed folks, and wish me luck – the submission is IN!
I’ve sent a query letter outlining what the book’s about, a full synopsis (these are hideous things to write because you have to cram 120,000 words into about 5000!), and the first 10,000 words of the novel.
Now it’s the waiting game – there are no guarantees – only bitten fingernails as you wait for the publisher’s (or agent’s) opinion of your baby!
I’ll probably expound on the process of query letters and the synopsis on a later date, but for now, think kindly thoughts for my manuscript as it undergoes consideration…