Okay, that’s not exactly true. I finished the rough draft of Voyeur and now I am in the process of doing some edits before I send it out somewhere. I’m pretty pleased with how the story has turned out. It took a turn whic I hadn’t even thought of when I began writing it, but I went with it and it turned out really good. At the moment, I am one scene and another chapter away from it being completed and ready for me to go over it for the twentieth time. No, I am not exaggerating, I have read, re-read, and re-read it time and again to be sure everything makes sense and answers questions which may arise in the process of reading it.
I am hoping for some good news on the horizon regarding a couple of manuscripts I have out. One of them has been sent three times and I think I might have finally gotten the editing to where I want it. I am somewhat eager to begin working on a series I have had planned for a few months, but have waited to see how the first one would sell. Here’s to good vibes.
This week, I give you a snippet from On Angel Wings. You can pick up a copy by clicking that link over there. Enjoy!
He opened his mouth to speak, but stopped when Xavier narrowed his eyes at him.
“What were you trying to do? Make me let my guard down? Make it easier to kill me?”
Adam snickered and shook his head. “I meant what I said, Xavier. You intrigue me, but believe me, if I wanted to kill you, I wouldn’t have to make you drop your guard or resort to any type of subterfuge to do so.”
“Over the years, decades, centuries…” Adam began, laying his head on the back of the couch, his eyes gazing up at the ceiling.
Xavier rolled his eyes. “I get the point, you’re old. Get on with it.”
I have been thinking long and hard the last few days as I toiled over editing a manuscript for a third try at submitting. I love writing, it’s something that I have wanted to do since I was a child and I am so grateful that there have been two publishers willing to take a chance on me three different times. Now, on the flip-side of that coin, I also hate writing. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you…
I am going to preface this by saying first and foremost, I hate with the passion of a thousand fiery suns the fact that editors think I am upset because I got a rejection for a manuscript. I am a woman who grew up fat and entered adulthood at almost 400 pounds. I KNOW how it feels to be rejected. At my age, I am beyond getting upset because of rejection. I am at the point where I would like to know WHY something was rejected. Don’t give me some vague reasons, please give me something concrete so I can fix the problem.
This is where I will have to say that I am going to start requesting my manuscripts back with notes. I don’t think it’s too much to ask. What didn’t you like about it? What didn’t make sense? What could be strengthened before I rip my hair out trying to fix what looks odd to me, but not to you?
Throw an author a lifeline here. Don’t leave me swimming out in the nothingness with no help to guide me to make it better. No, don’t hold my hand, but for fuck’s sake, don’t give a random suggestion about one thing when there are multiple issues.