Me Fail

Consider this the public stocks. A place of learning.

Someone please throw tomatoes at me – preferably rotten ones. Have I ever mentioned I hate tomatoes?

Recently, I swapped 50 pages with someone. We were trying each other on for size as CPs. Now, I have a long sordid history trying to find a great critique partner… I have searched the mountains high and the valleys low on my quest for a CP that *fits*. So when I glimpsed this person on the horizon and thought, “Hmmm…” I held back hope.

BUT SHE WAS WONDERFUL. She ~got~ my writing, had ~amazing~ useful suggestions, and did I mention she RAWKS? I was so impressed by her speed and skill, even before she was finished, that I hopped to it and completely immersed myself in her work. And IT WAS WONDERFUL TOO. Her story grabbed hold of me, her characters made me feel…I turned on Word comments and went to town with praise, and suggestions where needed.

Then I wrote this special someone a big long email going over the major points, but saying “more details in comments.” And then I hit send.

For a whole week, I made sure to tell her what a great CP she was, and how her comments were so helpful! I fixed all the places she found in my own 50 pages that needed work. Then I sent it BACK to her, and she read through AGAIN in one night!

And THEN she mentioned (with a true honest internet smile) that she couldn’t wait to see the feedback I had for HER book.

And I was like ??? And then I was like (O_O) And THEN I was like *DIES*

I went through EVERY email we exchanged (there were many – we have much in common), and there were many attached files…but not the 50 pages I supposedly sent with praise and comments! So in thirty seconds I ATTACHED, wrote self-berating email, and hit send.

And the best part is…she is STILL amazing…and STILL talking to me!

So the moral of this blog entry is…RECIPROCATE. And even when you THINK you’ve done it right…CHECK. No one wants to lose an amazing CP like a green flash on the horizon. I am lucky my heretofore-CP-luck didn’t catch up with me! This MAY in fact, be the start of something beautiful… :)

One more set of eyes?

I’m going to say it out loud: I am about to sub my manuscript. To living, breathing agents that I respect. A lot. *tremble* I have gotten some wonderful feedback on my MS recently, and I think I’ve fixed the major problems (yanno, like the whole beginning not working). I’m feeling really good about it right now…between the inevitable waves of doubt. Part of me just wants to send my (totally awesome) query letters out and not look back. But part of me would feel better if someone else read it once more before it goes out (like, to catch the places where people might be eating cereal on one page say, and pancakes on the next?). I’m not looking for a line-by-line crit.
Have you read between the lines yet? I’m looking for volunteers!
And actually, I’d be happy just to get feedback on the *all new* first chapter. Because like, *wipes forehead* I don’t need to tell YOU GUYS how important those first ten pages are, do I?
I’m more than happy to swap reading for this again. If you want to just trade first chapters, that’s cool! If you don’t have anything ready now, but can make the time to read for me, you may hold that over my head until a future date when I’d be glad to return the favor! Also, if you’ve seen this MS before and would have another go at it…you’d be made of awesome. If this thing makes it into print, I have a nice, shiny spot on my acknowledgements page just waiting for your name. :) I’m hoping to wrap this up as fast as possible, but I understand that ALL of you are busy-busy friends! Let me know in comments or send me a message if you might be interested!
BTW, this is a ~63k Contemporary YA with a sci-fi/magical realism bent.

Non-Writer Feedback lolz

This was too good not to share…

My sister is reading my MS right now (thought a little non-writer feedback couldn’t hurt), and some of the things she said are just making me LOL…

(In response to a very irresponsible character giving a friend’s address/phone# to a boy)
“Giving out a street address is just irresponsible, not a good example to set for young readers (sorry, but I watch Dateline!)”

(In response to a conversation foreshadowing a character’s homophobia)
“You don’t want to alienate your gay audience with the ‘ew’, I would go for ‘damn” instead…”

(In reponse to MC following a boy to a place where they can talk alone)
“No woman should ever go somewhere isolated with a guy she doesn’t know!!!”

SO my very next novel will be about girls who carry tasers for their own protection, beat guys over the head for even TALKING to them, and only refer to homosexuals as homosexuals, while smiling and holding their arms out to embrace them just like REAL PEOPLE DO. And it will have a guide in the back that gives instructions on what responsible teenagers SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do. 

I love my sister. :)