I have been toiling away for the past few weeks here at HQ getting my ms all shined up. It has been the most amazing process. My newly (re)-finished YA Fantasy Adventure manuscript, THE EXPATRIATES, is about to head to query land and I am starting to feel like I am sending my kid off for their first day of school. Will she make friends? Will people like her? What if she doesn’t fit in?
Soon I will be celebrating a year since I started this project, and it has been an adventure on its own. I have learned a few things along the way:
- Making the decision to quit my day job and pursue writing full time was the easy part.
- Actually writing full time? Not for lack of trying.
- Procrastination is the enemy.
- It is possible to type while getting a pedicure.
- The blog world is full distractions for YA writers.
- Twitter finally made practical sense to me when I took part in a hashtag event. (#askagent) *lightbulb*
- Reading the blogs of agents and published authors causes acute anxiety coupled with a secondary case of inferiority that is best handled by drinking vitamin water (xxx) and eating chocolate raisins.
- Not to mention the toll all the advice takes on a poor shredded ms when in edit mode. Can you say Negative Word Count?
- Blog contests rock!
- I am not the only one who swoons over awesome book covers.
- It is hard to find critique partners and beta readers.
- It is really important to find critique partners and beta readers.
- I am not alone on this ride, trying to break into print.
I am sure I’ll be able to add to this list forever, but in the meantime I #amwriting.