My excitement stirred when I finished the first draft of the query. That's what really helped me finish the first draft of the MS. Then I got some great advice on how to improve the query from a couple of fantastic folks like Elana Johnson - as part of NiNoCon - and David Powers King. So I'm hoping I've made things better as far as the query is concerned. Still have to review the suggestions against the changes I've made.
Then I got even more excited when the desire to revise kicked in full gear, after a much needed breather, and I started work, cutting here, adding there. I was making slow but steady progress when I saw something interesting.
Brenda Drake does some of the most wonderful, awesome, fantastic activities at her blog. Did I mention she does some awesome stuff at her blog? Some things are worth repeating. Anyway, she and a couple of other lovely dames go and do this March Madness contest that I almost entered. Almost. I even worked up a pitch for it:
MINGLED, YA paranormal set in a post-apocalyptic America-
In the Collective, blood is the price for peace. For seventeen year old Macie, blood is nothing but trouble as she discovers there are those within the government who would kill to possess hers.
I'd tried to convince myself that since I'd finished the first draft that hey, I could probably give it a go. I read the instructions. I should have known better. But then reality hit. I couldn't participate because the agents are looking for MS-ready-to-query. And as she often does with Charlie Brown, Lucy yanked the football from me at the last moment and I landed on my bottom. One of the few times it pays to have a round-about-figure.
|Gets him every time.|
I'm still revising. Can't wait to get it out to betas when I'm done. I'll look forward to getting their feedback and making the MS better, improve it. And I look forward to fewer moments of Lucy yanking the football at the last moment since I hope to be in a better place with my MS should another opportunity arise.
Here's to hoping none of you are suffering a Lucy moment.