Hello friends! I’ve been busy with a million things that aren’t writing, including installing shoe molding, sewing (hot glueing?) DIY mosquito curtains for our patio, and trying to survive the hectic last month of school for my kids.
I also gave my PitchWars book the brutal revision it probably needed months ago, chopping roughly 6000 words, condensing and streamlining the first act, and reshaping the world-building to better fit the current market, in preparation for a last burst of queries and a submission opportunity. It was painful, but I’m pleased with the final product, and three wonderfully talent PitchWars mentee friends who’ve been cheering for this book since the beginning have all given their seals of approval about the new draft, so I feel good about it. It was a massacre of darlings, but I gave it my all.
I’ve been blissfully enjoying the wait for my PARCHED edit letter from my mentor, who is juggling her own writing and revising, growing a baby, and oh, yeah, being a rocket scientist. She’s incredible. And I’ve found it refreshing to step back and let that ms breathe, a break from my usual frantic writing and revising speed. I’m gearing up to start structural edits on that soon, with an eye on revising through the summer and querying in the early fall. Here goes nothing!
Stay tuned for a compilation of GoodRead suggestions to get your 2019 and 2020 reading goals off to a great start!