Manuscript Monday: When, Not “If”
Long story short (really, it might be possible for me today) I received some great input on my manuscript this weekend at the Southern California Writer’s Conference.
An agent I absolutely adore and met at last year’s conference has requested to read the full manuscript. We even had lunch after our one-on-one meeting to discuss markets, titles and that lovely little thing called “platform.”
So now I’m excitedly revising a few key sections and preparing to send in my full manuscript for her to read.
In the meantime, she suggested that I start talking with all of you about my work. Not enough to spoil it, but just a teaser from time to time, or sharing this process of writing, revising, editing, pitching, (etc.) my work. So this is the first of a weekly “Manuscript Monday” to give you pieces of this process and as always, pieces of me.
I met with three agents and two editors this weekend, and having an agent I really have rapport with ask for the full manuscript is an incredible feeling. But I had another highlight: I also received beautiful notes from an editor who believes in the work so much that she ended her critique with a quote about my manuscript, written specifically for use on a book jacket, “for when you have it published” she said, continuing “When, not if.”
Thanks for letting me take a hiatus over the weekend to just focus on networking, meetings and everything conference-related. I look forward to sharing highlights with you over the next week. I’ll be blogging this week from Los Angeles, meeting a few friends and going to one or two writing groups I attended when we lived here.
P.S. Since my pants are still falling down, I’ll take that as a sign I kept myself occupied with much more important things than calories over the weekend. Maybe I’ll go hit muscle beach for my next weights day…