I am on my last draft before I officially begin the query process.
Yes, I’m excited! Who could have thought that a story I wrote, basically on a dare, would end up being a serious project for me?
Since I am aiming at a young adult crowd, I plan to keep my project in the 70,000 word range since that is what experts recommend. Plus, I’ve seen plenty of other books in the Amish fiction genre that are around that length so I feel very comfortable with it.
Do I think it’s perfect?
No. I’m not that foolish. I’m certain there will be things an agent or an editor will want me to change, areas that need to be expanded on or even subtracted from. But I feel that knowing this ahead of time will actually help me in the process.
Too many new authors think they are the next C.S. Lewis or Shakespeare and are offended when their work is critiqued. That is what an agent or an editor is supposed to do. They know what sells. They know what the public wants. And they know what works within a specific genre.
That is not to say there aren’t things in my book that I won’t fight for. There are things within my story that may be flexible and there are things in it that are not – things I will go to the mat over. But I’m confident that none of them are what an editor would consider a deal-breaker. And… spelling errors, weak scenes and phrasing issues are not among them.
Of course, the terror I have to deal with then – is the proposal. Oh the horror!
Pray for me…
© Rachel L. Miller 2014