Well Dear Readers it's been a little over 10 months since I posted that I wouldn't be back until I finished my revision of Undisturbed and I kept my promise.
I just finalized the final doc and drafted the email that will go out to the Agents who have most likely long forgotten that they requested to read my revisions.
It's taken nearly two years to perfect this story, but I can honestly say it was worth the wait. My first version of Undisturbed was what the Agent's called it "A really good start to something special" and with that encouragement I let my imagination run further than I thought possible.
In short, I've created an original creature detailed, complex, and deeply rooted in history. It was a challenge, but it was also freeing to know that there is truly nothing else like my characters.
And even better, I managed to address the agents suggestions and still maintain the parts they raved about.
If you would have told me nearly 3 years ago when I happened upon this story by mistake that I would still be just as passionate about it today, I would've laughed in your face. I get it know when The Query Shark said that the a writers key to success rarely has to do with their writing ability.
I believe now that it's determination that leads to success. I used to tell my friends in college that if they tried their best, sent a query letter to a thousand film producers that at least one had to call them back. At the time I believed it was a game of numbers.
With Novels it's a little different, so I say to those who are struggling to get "the call" from an agent.
- Write a story you can love
- Edit, revise, edit, revise at least a dozen times
- Find some very honest, even brutal beta readers to ripe your story to shreds
- Edit and Revise a dozen more times
- Write a Synopsis
- Write a Query Letter
- Do your research
- Query the right agents
- Query A LOT of agents
- Get A LOT of rejections
If this doesn't lead to success, write another book and do it all over again.
Repeat until you succeed (That's what I plan to do)
So this week I resubmit. I'll be back in six weeks or so with an update. Until then keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer for me :o)