Sunday, February 19, 2012

...and Back Home Again

The much-anticipated conference is over. I'm both sad and relieved. I had a great time and met some nice people, one agent and one author in particular that I especially enjoyed. I got really helpful feedback on the impossible-to-edit book, which I've pretty much decided to completely rewrite. As in, from scratch. Daunting, I know. But it must be done. One famous YA author I met raved over the book and said after the rewrite, I'll be ready to query agents. (As we would say in my family...yippee!)

That was just what I needed to hear to get my butt back in gear. I'd been getting so discouraged with that manuscript. But how can I set aside a project after hearing something like that from a successful, published author whose work I know and admire? (Especially after another industry professional I met kindly let me know that the concept for my next book is already tired. Oops! Back to the drawing board. At least I haven't written that much of the dang thing. Might as well go back to Project One.)

And let's face it, spending my non-conference time in Austin with one of my dearest friends was well worth the extra days. I haven't seen her in over a year, and before that in about two get the picture. It was nice to catch up. And I didn't even wreck the fancy new car she let me drive around all weekend.

I'm exhausted. I'm elated. And I'm glad it's all over. Now, the real work can begin.

I have to stop being lazy about that book now. No more excuses! No more edit-me-out-of-here. Just edit-me-into-print. That will be my new motto.



  1. Glad you got to go to the conference! I will be one of the 1st to buy your book :)

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  3. I'm glad that you're glad you went to the conference and had such a wonderful time with your friend. I know that you gained some great knowledge and experience that will do nothing but make you grow as an author. Keep up the good work and dedication! Love ya and YIPPEE!!!