I just wanted to toot horn for a minute. I’ve got a manuscript revision done!
I’ll be the first to say that my understanding of the written English language is lacking. I’m a strong math student and even hold a couple of architecture/drafting degrees. However, writing became a hobby only after I graduated high school. It is my place of solitude and escape. I have started over 50 books since then and about half are completed.
This book was actually written back in 2010. It sat on a shelf for several years. Two years ago, I downloaded it to my kindle and fell in love with it all over again, but it was riddled with errors. I began a long campaign of numerous revisions. Then last year, I thought I finally had it read. I signed up for a conference and focused on finishing the second book of the same series. Then as the time crept closer to the conference, I grew panicky and focused my attention on making it perfect. I even enlisted others to help.
Then the conference came and I pitched my book. She loved the idea and wanted the first 50 pages. I was excite and relieved that it wasn’t a flat out no. However, sitting through the conference opened my eyes to much of my writing mistakes. Especially when writers submitted their first pages to be read to the agents and the agents said what they liked or didn’t like about them. I’ll admit that I did a lot of tell, not show where I was trying to bounce from scene to scene – it read more like a summery rather than a story. I over used phrases like was/were with ‘ing’ words.
So, I really buckled down and cleaned up those first 50 pages from what I learned at the conference before submitting it to the agency (and a side note: make sure you have more than one up-to-date copy. When your usb drive dies, it’s a nightmare).
In the last two months, I have taken a hard look at my book. I work full time and I’ve got two side jobs, so my time is limited. I would love to do nothing but read my book in one sitting. I’m happy to note that there are sections in the book that still make me laugh after all of these years and I think I love it more now than even just a year ago. I’m so much more confident in this latest edit. I’ll keep rereading and making corrections because that’s who I am. But for right now, I’m just excited it is done. Happy writing readers.
L. R. Mauck