Partial Requested

I’m currently doing a massive happy dance (mostly internalized at the moment) because I met a great agent today. I pitched my book to her, and she readily jumped on the chance to see a partial submission (the first 30 pages) of my book, WARMAIDEN.

I’ve learned quite a bit at this weekend’s PPW Conference, and one of the things I found out is that my first two pages were all backstory that needed to be shown instead of told. I knew better than to do this, but I wrote it that way anyways. It’s time to yank out the two pages of telling and replace them with a FULL CHAPTER that will be my new first chapter of the book that shows what I told.

This means that I can’t immediately send off the first 30 pages. I have some work to do first. That work will take me about 3-4 hours, and I strongly feel that I’ll be able to sneak in those hours by the end of Monday night and get the submission off to the agent by that time.

Until I get a chance to sit at a keyboard and crank out the new first chapter, I’m busy floating on cloud nine in the happiness of knowing that my story has captured the interest of a professional in the field.

First Round of Revisions

I started my first round of revisions on WARMAIDEN last week, and they are going quite well. I’ve only had to add 300 words total. Well, that’s the delta. I’ve removed quite a few and added a little more than what I’ve removed. I just finished all revisions of chapter 1-3 (the book is 20 chapters total.) My critique group in the CSFWG has critiqued through chapter 13 in their hands. I hope to be done with those revisions before they receive chapter 14 later this month. The overall flow of the story has not changed a bit, but the prose supporting the story is much strong and works very well. I can’t wait to see what they have to say about chapters 4-6 (which is my next section.) I’ll probably start those tomorrow during lunch.