The title is an answer to what I’ve been up to for the last some-odd weeks. I am doing a great workshop called From Pitch to Published. The book is now down to 90k words and they’re all really fabulous! Actually, fixing your manuscript is the first order of business. Then comes the really hard part of fixing your query and perfecting your pitch.
I’d rather edit a 500k novel down to 50k then write a query. Sad, but true. To write an effective query you have to do your homework, be bold, but not too bold, and you have to have hutzpah. I’ve written before about my lack of hutzpah.
Right now I am finishing up edits that have made me one seriously happy writer. The book is better, tighter, and I think anyone who read the first few chapters will be happy with the changes, although they are substantial.
If you’re a regular reader you’ve probably noticed that the first chapters are no longer up. My apologies. I had to take them down since I found out that some publishers frown on putting up whole chapters since essentially that’s me self-publishing.
If you’d like to read the new versions let me know and I’ll send them over. I’d love to hear your opinion on them.
Thanks, as always, for reading!