The Turd Polishing is Over! Now What?
Big news: I finally polished the last flakes of crust off the turd better known as my manuscript! Although it’s going through one more quick beta round, this version feels ready to query.
So here’s what I’m up to while I gnaw my nails down to the quicks waiting on my beta readers:
- Compiling my agent list! It’s important to submit to agents who represent the correct genre. I’ve been following the #MSWL (manuscript wish list) hashtag on Twitter and researching agents all over the web. It’s a perfect opportunity to use my internet stalking expertise.
- Finalizing my query letter and synopsis! A strong query letter is what makes a submission stand out in the slush pile, and many agents also require a synopsis. Now that my final revisions on the manuscript are done, it is a good time to make sure my synopsis is consistent with any recent changes to the manuscript and that my query is as strong as it can be.
- Reading! I promised myself a reward after finishing my revisions, so I’m finally digging into the enormous pile of books on my nightstand. Reading always helps inspire me and give me something to aspire to.
- Tackling book 2! I’m reluctant to completely give up momentum with writing, so I’ve started the revision process for book 2, which I drafted back in 2011. It needs a lot of work, but the outlining process is going much more smoothly than it did with the first book. Book 2 darker, bloodier, and creepier, so it is a fun change of pace.