Eeep! It’s been so long since my last post! My apologies — life really does jump up at you sometimes. Rest assured, I’m still here, still editing/querying/writing and of course, blogging.
As it stands right now, I’m strictly in the editing phase. After the #pg70pit and #PitchtoPublication contests, neither of which I was selected for, I went on a mad editing streak. Thank goodness I did though, because I was able to chop close to 13,000 words from my MS. Yikes! That’s a lot! After reading MSWLs (Manuscript Wish Lists) and editing advice, I realized that I was falling on too many tropes that have been overexposed and burnt to crisp. It was a little hard to swallow at first, but now that I’ve cut some extraneous plot concepts (you know the like the all-powerful MS who most stop a government conspiracy) I feel MUCH better about the marketability of my book. Will it still be a tough sell? Probably. I write Urban Fantasy and that usually entails some romance and that market is saturated too. But I will stand strong!
That aside, I’ve requested a custom quote from one of the awesome editors of #pg70pit and #PitchtoPublication to give another go at my book. I’ve previously hired a freelance editor to go over my MS and while I feel like she did catch a lot of extraneous details and errors, there was much left to be desired. So, after several more rounds of editing on my part, I’ve decided its time for another outside perspective.
In the meantime, I’m reading. Pretty heavily, actually. I finished Amber Smoke in a matter of hours. Wasn’t overly impressed, but I wasn’t expecting much either. And now I’m almost finished with Halfway to the Grave. I simply can’t not (yes, I’ve just used a double negative, that’s how much I love this upcoming quote/review) quote Kat Kennedy, a fellow Goodreads reviewer:
“Most of the dialogue is about sex, arse kicking or discussing supernatural elements. This book is a cheeseburger. A big, greasy, delicious, ketchup covered cheeseburger…So, I enjoyed it in the guilty pleasure way that you enjoy a cheeseburger while you’re eating it. Afterward though I felt vaguely dirty and lost. Life was sadly lacking in sex, action and supernatural. I went and kicked my husband in the head but to my IMMENSE surprise he didn’t immediately tackle me and make love to me with blazing green eyes. I must be doing something wrong.”
Dear god woman, you’ve hit the nail on the head! I’m not even finished with it yet but my sentiment mirrors hers so closely I have the strange urge to read all of her reviews. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. I’ll probably read the whole series at this rate. It’s not mind blowing by any means — I mean, it’s considered an Urban Fantasy, but aside from the mentions of Ohio it could be set just about anywhere. Personally, I think it’s more along the lines of a Paranormal Romance novel. But like Kat said, it’s a damn cheeseburger. And I freakin’ love cheeseburgers.
Reading aside, I’m also working on two separate manuscripts. Personally, I think this is a bad idea, but I can’t help it. I try to only take on one MS at a time so I can devote attention/resources to it entirely. I’m 50 pages into the sequel for my current MS, but I’m sort of waiting to see how the editing goes before I continue; for all I know, she could have an amazing concept that I’d like to integrate that could shift the overrall direction of my series. So there’s that. As for the other MS I’ve started, I’m loving the concept. Usually it goes the other way around–I fall in love with the characters before anything else. But I’m a fan of this concept (not to say that I’m not a fan of the characters). We’ll see where it goes.
Anyway, there’s my update! I’m throwing my query and MS into another contest on the 15th called #NewAgent–we’ll see if that gets me anywhere. After all the editing I’ve done and changes I’ve made to the query itself, I’m curious to see if it will grab any attention.