Friday, March 20, 2009

On the precipice...

I've spoken to more than one writer friend lately who feels like something is just about to happen--but we don't know what. Just that feeling that energy is building and things are lining up for a push. What is weird is that publishing rumors make you think the whole industry in the tank--so why now are we feeling this shift on the horizon?

I know for me, I've had a lot of activity and interest in my writing lately. I feel like I'm in a good place to make the next move up. Yesterday, I got a Revise and Resubmit response from an agent who had requested to read my full manuscript. The thing didn't make me sad at all that she passed for now. It was an awesome response with concrete things that needed to happen in the manuscript in order for the agent to pursue and partnership with me. And all the suggestions were spot on--I could see how they would make my book better, stronger.

But then I started tearing it apart last night and realized that this book is not even my best work anymore. I finished it last year, well--not even a year. I love the premise, but reading through it has shown me that I've already grown so much. The book I'm almost done with is so much better. And while that is disheartening in the way of "it's going to be a lot of work", it is exciting to know that I am improving. And if the agent liked the book I wrote last year, I bet she will love the book I wrote this year.

I've decided I like this new attitude though. From now on, I'm treating life like a Revise and Resubmit when things get a little wonky. Sometimes life is a lot of work too--but when you step back and say "This isn't working because...." and then you take the time to fix and try again, you end up better for it, stronger.


  1. YAY! I am so happy for you--I hope you got some great feedback that you can incorporate, and I hope this agent realizes what a faboo client you'll be. :D

  2. I've had the feeling of being on the verge for years now. lol Still, it keeps you motivated. I'm glad you're seeing such growth in yourself as a writer. That is AWESOME!

  3. Amanda Brice1:26 PM

    I've felt like I was on the verge for about a year now. It's very frustrating. For a while it kept me motivated, but lately, it's had the opposite effect.

    Oh, and I totally agree with almost all of that agent's comments. Spot on. And you can totally do it. Seriously. I love that story and it will BEYOND rock once you've made these changes. I know it sounds like it's a huge amount of work, but really, it's not. And it will be so worth it.

  4. It's an impending sense of cool. I love it.

  5. Fantastic post, Gwen! I've got the same feeling, just lately. But, as Amanda says, and so many published authors can attest to, sometimes the "almost there" must be endured for a very, VERY long time.

    That's why I love how you ended this.

  6. Great post! I love the "Revise and Resubmit" philosophy of life. Absolutely.

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  7. Anonymous2:12 PM

    Revise and Resubmit philosophy of life - what a wonderful idea. We are all, without a doubt, works in progress. And hey - getting an agent to ask you to revise and resubmit, that is definitely almost there! Congratulations.

  8. Anonymous3:40 PM

    Congratulations, Gwen! I hope to get an R&R someday - I think they're opportunities. The agent deemed your work worthy of comment and suggestions - IOW, worthy of her time. I bet she takes your next submission.

    I'm going to try applying R&R philosophy to life. It could come in handy when dealing with seven year old divas and seventy-five year old moms.

    Christine - thanks for the link. It looks fascinating and educational

  9. Thanks everyone. Remind me of my R&R philosophy on Monday morning, though. Okay?

  10. I SO relate. I'm on the verge...I can feel it too. We need a girl's club for "On The Verge"...LOL

    Congrats on the R&R, it's a good sign and I'm confident you are well on your way!

  11. Good for you! I'm so pleased you got an R&R. You're almost there, baby. Keep going.