Friday, October 8, 2010

New Beginnings

Since we were talking a bit about beginnings and first chapters the other day, I was thrilled to see this post on Literary Agent Jill Corcoran's blog. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you're struggling with where to start your book, or you're in the rewrite phase after finishing a first draft.

I sent off my WiP to a writer-friend this afternoon for her to critique. It's always hardest to push the send button when you're getting a brand-new manuscript off to a critique partner. Much like a first query.

After the initial shock of sharing your soul with others, it gets easier.


  1. Thanks for the link! And yes, SO scary. But worth it. Hope you get some good feedback. :)

  2. Thanks for the link, Amy.

    I alway dread sending my stuff out to critters. I always love the suggestions, but somehow querying doesn't seem as scary. The worst an agent can do is say, "Not for me!"

    A critter can tell you that your book sucks.

  3. I'm always terrified to send off my work for the first time. But I have awesome betas that give me great advice. Thanks for the link!

  4. It does get easier, I agree! Thanks for the link!

  5. I promise to take good care of it, Amy:)

  6. ha ha, thanks Krista. :) I know you will.

    Janet, Yes, definitely worth it. We have to do it, or we'd sit on our own pile of poop, preening. :) Where did that come from? I must be tired!

    Stina, I'm sure no one has ever told you your books suck!! :) And hey, congratulations on winning the pitch contest on Ranae's blog!

    Ranae & Jessica, My pleasure!


  7. Amy...You are a writing rockstar...I am sure your critter will come back with lots of smiles for you (of course you want some real input, and I'm sure you'll get that too). But WTG on finishing and hitting send. :) Go celebrate with dashing sidekick!

  8. Ooh, thanks for the link! And good luck with your story being out-- it is scary, but so worth it!

  9. Does it get easier? I dont know...

    and, I always struggle with that elusive starting point. It is so important to get just right, you know?