Wednesday, July 21, 2010

WiP Wednesday: Revise and Resub—Round II


So it's late in the day on Wednesday, and I didn't think I'd have a post today. But, seeing as it's WiP Wednesday, I decided to share what's going on in my writing sphere.

Just received a second email from Dreamy McAgent (that would be my dream agent, for those of you who don't appreciate my crappy brand of humor), and read it holding my breath, thinking it would be a rejection. But it wasn't.

It was a request for a second round of revisions focusing on different issues than the last revision letter. Sweet! Not a rejection! In fact, it's one step closer to publication!

I got all excited and told some of my friends and coworkers. Not all of them were as excited as I am. One of my coworkers even asked me:

"Does it feel like it's not even your story any more, since so many people have suggested changes to it?"

Now, I've been asked this before, about the changes that beta readers have suggested, not an agent, but I feel like the response is the same.

It's still my story, only now—since I agree with the agent's comments, of course, we can't all be so lucky— it's becoming the best it can be. I'm not going to turn down great advice that makes my story better from anyone. Especially from someone familiar with selling books in my genre, like Dreamy McAgent. Would I have been able to get this far without all my betas and their wonderful advice (meaning, the advice I actually took from them, lol)? Never!

So rather than focus on the changes, on making the old, the stale and stodgy new again, I'm focusing on the work as a whole. After all, whoever gave me the suggestion could never envision exactly how I will utilize it . No two people are going to re-write the same scene the same way. Not even LiLa. ;)

And as for this second round of revisions, if I'm lucky, it won't be my last. If the book is sold to a publisher, my revision days will have just begun. But I'm ready to write, willing to take direction, and able to churn out revisions like a champ! Hear that Harper-Collins? Hear that, Little-Brown? Are you listening, Scholastic? 'Cuz I'm ready for the endless revisions.

Are you?

16 comments:

Tess said...

waho! that is super news on this cheery summer day. good for putting the work in, I say. It's an important quality you are demonstrating to Dreamy McAgent.

JEM said...

That is such awesome news! Congrats! I agree with you; people can tell you what's wrong, but you're the one writing and fixing it. And no man is an island, not even a writer. Although I expect my contract with the Galapagos Islands to come through any day now.

Hardygirl said...

GREAT news!! I hear that comment a lot, too (people asking if it doesn't feel like your story anymore)--I think most people just don't understand the revision process. Revisions are part of all good writing, and with good advice your work just gets better and better!

Good luck!
Sf

Abby Annis said...

Yea! So excited for you. You're going to rock those revisions! :)

Icy Roses said...

Haha, I love your attitude. And that is exciting! Non-rejections are always exciting. That means they see potential. People who can revise well are the people who do well. Good luck!

Plamena said...

Omg! This is so exciting! Is this for Evangeline??

Oh, and your brand of humor is most excellent since 1979 : P

Jade said...

OMG, that's so exciting! I can't wait to hear how it goes!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

That's fabulous news! and your attitude and work ethic will get you there!

Lynda Young said...

grats on your progress towards publication. I'm so happy for you :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

What wonderful news! You'll get there soon enough. Congrats!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Awesome news! And great attitude to have. I hope editors see this and start battling for your MS. ;)

Best wishes with it!

Indigo said...

Wicked news! I had an author friend tell me when I first started writing, "Nothing you write is in stone." His way of forewarning me not to marry my words. The original premise and story are yours no matter how many changes it undergoes. (Hugs)Indigo

Krispy said...

Love your fabulous attitude about revisions! Congrats on the non-rejection! That's definitely a YAY! thing. :)

beth said...

Congrats on the revision request! That is HUGE!

And that's just the right attitude to have. And hopefully, through revision, you find the story you MEANT to write.

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Weronika Janczuk said...

This is absolutely fantastic news! Congratulations; not many people out there get this kind of opportunity, and it means a step closer to publication, especially if you agree with the comments.

Can't wait to hear what happens! Go, go, go! Good luck. :)