My husband laughed out loud (at the funny bits) and cried real tears (at the poignant part) when reading the first draft of my YA novel.
Okay, he had some criticisms too...(all useful)
But I call that a definite WIN!
Good news: After halving my hours from four to two days a week, my work has reinstated a day and a half, so I'm back to 3.5.
Bad news: bang goes (almost) all that lovely extra writing time I was anticipating!
The bad news...next year my working hours are being halved because of company cuts.
The good news..MORE WRITING TIME, HOORAY!!
The bad news...salary also halved.
The good news...WRITING COSTS NOTHING!!
After a pause for wound-licking and (yet another) redraft, I've submitted my children's novel to a couple of agents. Both submissions were specifically invited, which is vaguely promising. I'm not naive enough to think it'll make a blind bit of difference to their ultimate decision, but it's nice to feel welcome.
Oh, I put in for a Pop-up too.
I'm hugely enjoying writing a teen novel.. It's a good few years older than my usual demographic and with different demands on approach and style. Most of all, I really like the characters...which helps, seeing as I'm going to be in their company for a good while yet.
The unbridled and honest nature of children's enthusiasm to a book they've enjoyed is one of the main reasons why I love writing for young readers. A sincere THANK YOU to @Rainbird and her excellent offspring for giving me such a massive fix of it! Touched and delighted that you all had a great time with Lost And Found In Treasureland.
Hello Litopians and Happy New Year!
Sorry I haven't been around lately. Had another knock-back when my MS was rejected, but have now resolved to run it past an editor one more time. I've also found an interesting looking indie publisher which is asking for exactly the kind of MG series I'm writing. AND my new copy of W&A Yearbook has arrived, which is always cheering. Onward and onward
I've been frantically re-drafting, following the TLC MS appraisal I got back a few weeks back. Hence my quietness in Litopia.
I know authors aren't supposed to submit their work until it's ready, but I keep thinking it IS ready, sending out a few submissions...then realising it wasn't ready after all... re-drafting, being pleased with the results and thinking it's ready again and...you get the picture.
Head too full of the new term, writing reduced to bite-sized chunks advertising extra-curricular activities to have much time for fiction.
BUT I have re-submitted my main WIP for appraisal in the hope it might help me out the cul-de-sac I feel I'm in.