If you remember, gentle reader, that last time we spoke my NWS manuscript, The Stone Voice, had been put forward for a second read Since then things have moved on.
This week my manuscript came home to me. And it came home with two reader reports. Now I thought I would be upset that the manuscript wasn’t being sent on to agents or publishers but I knew the manuscript wasn’t ready. It was part way through an edit.
So it was with regret but no surprise that I read the reports. Well I couldn’t be happier. My first reader loved it! Which you would expect as she passed it on for the second read. My second reader report was amazing. Eight pages of gold dust. They have gone chapter by chapter working asking questions and teasing out theme and motivation so I can make it stronger. And the comment which made me happy…
“When a story is so close to being spot-on it can often be difficult to work out why some bits of the story aren’t hanging together…”
So I have taken suggestion from my fellow Heroine Addicts and will be copying said reports. I will keep a copy untouched. I will take a copy and highlight all the positive points (for bad days). And with the other I will highlight in one colour those I agree with and in another colour those comments I don’t necessarily agree with. Then I have been told to do nothing for a month.
I can do nothing for a month. I think. I do have my new story to work on. In November I’ll be back in the editing chair.
I can’t wait!
Come back on Sunday to hear from Susanna