The Year of Rewrites--Jan Blazanin
2012 has been a year of writing-related firsts, challenges and frustrations, exciting accomplishments-- and rewrites.
January—Two years of planning, writing, and revising produced a finished first draft. Then my story was off to my writing group for critiquing.
February—Based on their suggestions, I made more revisions.
March--The manuscript was finally off to my agent. In between bouts of anxiously biting my nails, I put together my first writing conference presentation, “Plotting the Novel” for the April SCBWI-Iowa Conference. My time allotment was two hours!
April—The long-awaited letter arrived from my agent and her assistant. Although they loved the idea, my story was far from being ready to submit. Think major rewrite. Could I do it? With that churning in the back of my brain, I gave my presentation to a gracious SCBWI audience. Fun!!!
August—You guessed it: Rewriting
September—Rewrite finished. After comments from my writing group and more revisions, it’s back to my agent. Holding my breath!
October—Writing Month Extraordinaire
My agent responded super-fast. Unfortunately, she asked for more revisions. Not as many. Not as extensive. But more.
In Iowa City I heard the legendary Lois Lowry, and got my hands on a signed copy of SON. If you haven’t read it, DO!
Spent a weekend retreating with fellow authors, participated in the Wonder of Words book festival, and attended the fall SCBWI-Iowa conference.
November—Two writer friends reviewed my finished revisions.
December—My agent signed off on my revisions!!!! My manuscript is good to go.
On to 2013, The Year of Book Sales. :-)