This evening I sent my newly revised Nanowrimo book to my agent. Poof. Just like that. Well, not quite poof – there was a long pause before I hit “send.”
Ideally he’ll read it and tell me that it’s worth spending time and effort on, that there’s something worthwhile here, and he’ll give me some ideas for a revision. Worst case scenario, he’ll tell me that it’s just not working and that maybe I shouldn’t pursue it. I would prefer the first scenario.
The weird thing is that I really have no idea what I’ve sent to him. After all that reading and tweaking, it was difficult to look at the book objectively. But that’s just one reason why agents – and other readers, in general – are so valuable to this process. They offer perspective and feedback that can help you transform your book.
And so begins the other part of the writing process: waiting and, more importantly, READING! I took two more books out from the library tonight, to add to the pile. I couldn’t help myself. I’ve been so focused on writing that I haven’t spent much time reading (though I did read Block’s Pretty Dead last week, which I enjoyed). Now it’s high time for a reading binge!
Check out my most recent interview, along with a nice review: http://renees-reads.blogspot.com/2010/01/kings-rose-by-alisa-m-libby-review-and.html