August 9, 2011

Editing.

Right around the time I started writing my book, I went to a fun little tea party with my mom. There's this bed and breakfast in Lancaster called Hammond Hall. It's run by the fabulous (FABULOUS) Jean Turner, who was the gifted and talented teacher when I was in elementary school.

Fun fact: In 5th grade, I started writing a book called Miss Olivia. It was about a slave boy who became close friends with Miss Olivia, the young daughter of the slave owners. Sweet story. Mrs. Turner critiqued it for me. I have no idea where it is now.

ANYWAY- at the fun tea party- I met Beth Dotson Brown, a published author. (Check her book out here.) She lives in itty-bitty Lancaster, KY. How many links can I put in one blog entry?? Just now, I wanted to link a google map to Lancaster just to amuse myself.

So I met Beth, she was lovely. Then, a few months later I attended an Editors Day in Lexington sponsored by SCBWI. Beth was there! How fun is that?! This time she gave me one of her business cards and guess what- she does freelance editing.

Don't you love that? I do. Totally.

When I "finished" the book and complete three rounds of revisions, I called her up. And now, the lovely Mrs. Brown is editing my book. She said she'd have it finished in about 10 days. She's currently had it for 2. I'm a nervous wreck. I have no idea why! (Well, obviously I do know why. It's tough to be edited, right? And what if my book sucks in a totally embarassing way? So much that she emails me back and is like, "Megan, please stop writing. Forever."??) Seriously, I can't wait for her feedback. I'm sure she will have a lot of helpful comments and suggestions. But there is a part of me that is like, terrified that my book is terrible. Even though I love it....everyone loves their own books, right? Why else would we keep writing?

August 1, 2011

Oh my god querying SUCKS.

So.

I've written this super fly novel. It's a young adult fantasy. It has great, fun characters with snappy dialogue and basically all kinds of awesomeness, a fun little side romance, and mystery......ah....I love it.

AND NO ONE IS EVER GOING TO FREAKING READ IT!!!!!!

<sigh>

Ok seriously. I've read a million stories about authors who queried 800 agents before finally finding THE ONE. So I need to chill. But then....THEN I read stories like this one, where she found her agent in like....a day. (Or two. Whatev.)  But also, that's Rachel Hawkins, and if you haven't read Hex Hall and Demonglass, you should. She's fabulous. I love her and I don't even know her. But on her blog and on twitter--hilarious. Also fabulous? Kiersten White, who wrote Paranormalcy and Supernaturally.

But let's not get distracted from my whining.

I hate querying. I knew that I would. I sat on my book for several weeks before I even started trying to draft a query letter, because I knew I would hate it. It's nerve-wracking! If everyone hates your query, no one will ever want to see sample pages! So even if I have written the world's most wonderfully entertaining book...it means absolutely nothing unless I can write a killer query.

Of course, I guess the whole point is that if I can write such an awesome book, I should be able to draft a pretty sweet query.

Ok fine. Whatever. I'm going to go work on my query some more now. Geez.