Working on my manuscript

In 2008 I began and finished my very first manuscript. It is a full-length adventure/suspense novel. I’ve started many stories before, but never finished a complete manuscript until then. Since September of that year, I’ve been pursuing a variety of options for getting my book public attention (this website being one of them).

Query letters to agents have yielded little success. So I started to get some of my creative work out into the world one way. Over the course of 2009 I moved to a new city, started a new job, and unfortunately had less time to pursue publication of my manuscript. With the new year looming, and the minutia of my personal life relatively settled, I’ve decided to turn my attention to back to my beloved book.

Although I’ve sent in several queries, I’ve decided to wait before pursuing further publication and try my hand at revision. I picked up Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon and embarked on this necessary, though daunting, process.

I plan to go chapter to chapter, rereading each scene, attempting to revise or rewrite as necessary. As the new year begins I will also pursue representation and publication, hoping the existence of this website as a bonus.

It’s hard to look over a work with an objective, editor’s eye, especial a work into which you put so much of your own heart and soul. I’m not totally convinced I can be my own editor. I feel that I am more prone to “tidying” up my prose, rather than take a hatchet to it by completely rewriting it. But I know this: I am determined to be a successful writer. More than art or web design, or any other creative endeavor, I love writing prose. I won’t sit idly by and neglect this passion. So I will do what I must.

I hope it works out in the end.

4 Replies to “Working on my manuscript”

  1. The only reason I haven’t read your book is because I don’t like reading books on the computer. If you want I can get it printed it out and give you some constructive criticism but only if you want the unvarnished truth.

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