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 years...you 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.

TJ