Captain's Log, Stardate 10.25.2005
No, you don't have to call the insane asylum or even the Humane Society.
I had a great time talking with my agent last night. It's so nice that she's nearby--about 90 minutes from San Jose. I also got to meet her husband, who's totally nice. I had a fun time.
The best part was when Wendy gave me some feedback sheets from best-selling authors who had looked at my first chapter. And none of them liked it. I got mostly 3's out of 5's.
Why is that good? Because I got the harshest criticism I've had so far on this suspense manuscript, and it opened my eyes to how I could make it even better. To raise it to that next level in craft. To polish that rough rock into a diamond somebody might want to buy.
I'm all fired up now. I'll be revising my suspense manuscript so that it'll be the best I can make it right now, with all the know-how on writing craft that I know at this point.
Wendy is going to personally pitch it at CBA Advance in January. She feels--and I agree with her--that pushing it in person is more effective than by email or snail mail or even a phone call. Plus, CBA Advance isn't as busy as CBA/ICRS in July, so the editors will have more time to hear the ideas.
On a side note:
Do you know what my quiet time was about today? Loving people.
Good thing, after my so-called friends decided to start rumors yesterday.
NO, I AM NOT PREGNANT.