I always said I wouldn't do this, because really, what do I have to say that people want to read? But here I am.
After writing, editing, querying and nail biting, I received four full requests on my first twenty or so queries for my YA novel. Whoa.
I quickly sent them along without worrying too much about them, what ever happens, happens, right?
Checking my email via cell phone every fifteen minutes doesn't constitute as obsession, not at all.
Then I get an email from The Dream Agent, saying she went through two boxes of tissues reading my novel and asked to set up an appointment to call. My heart stops, my palms sweat and I nearly jump out of my skin. Since I'm at work I wait an excruciating two hours then send my reply, "of course, I'd love to speak with you!" while I secretly dance inside.
That's a Thursday so I wait until Monday (which feels like a year) then get the call that morning.
It doesn't quite go as planned.
She loves the novel, couldn't stop crying, loved all the family involvement, the love story and the way it was wrapped up, but. That's right, the epic BUT. But she wants some revisions, some structural edits, the intensity of the love story and the main character's situation seem to have made me lose track of the tension and flow. She suggests a first reader which I agree to even though I always skipped class on days we had to read our essays aloud.
I've asked around absolutewrite.com and am waiting to hear back so until then, I guess I'll be relieving my stress here while I deconstruct my novel piece by piece and shift chapters around until I no longer know which is up and which is down!