Wednesday, June 9, 2010
WIP Wednesday: The Last Word
I did it! I did it! I finally wrote the epilogue for my WiP.
This book needed an epilogue. It needed a happy ending, but not an instant-gratification happy ending.
So now I'm done with my third round of edits. Still not sure if I'm ready for anybody to read it. I think I'll go over it a few more times myself, let it stew awhile.
In the past I've been so quick to send out my work, both to beta readers and agents. I get so impatient to see if it will sink or swim.
Because of this impatience, I notice BIG problems too late.
You may know what this feels like. The BIG problems are the ones that slam into you in the middle of the night: "No! He would not have acted that way! Of course he would have done this instead...." OR "That would be a much better ending!" You hate those moments when you're in the middle of querying because you know you've just ruined your chances with all the agents who have your stuff in front of them.
This book will slow cook. It's going to be as tender as can be before I send it out to anybody. When it comes time to query, I'll be a little more confident. If I get any requests I'll be able to respond without any speed-reading or last-minute editing. That's my goal this time around. My one and only goal.
I want to say: This is the best I have to offer. If I get rejections, I want to know it's not because of poor writing or typos or a loosey-goosey plot.
How about you? Do you rush into the querying process, or are you content to wait for that as-close-to-perfect-as-possible moment?