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Years ago, when I was asked to revise and resubmit to agents, I would receive rejections. One of them even wrote back with the important message that revisions take time and that I should have sat on my manuscript to think things over—this was when I took two weeks to do major rewrites on a manuscript, in which case my manuscript lost its voice. In my eagerness to get published I didn't turn in a publishable manuscript.
These days I revise differently. I take the time to write notes for days, even weeks. If I'm dealing with revision notes from an agent or editor I mull over them endlessly. I bring my notes and ideas to my critique partners to get their feedback. Only after I reflect and when I feel ready do I tackle revisions. This IWSG post is related to one of my ROW80 goals…
This round of A Round of Words in 80 Days runs from October 1st to December 19th. Here are my goals for this round, all involving YA manuscripts. Abbreviations are used for the titles. My updates are in red.
A) Revise and edit TWILAMPH, a manuscript I've been working on for several ROW80 rounds, and send it back to my agent. I took my revision notes to my critique group on Monday to gather ideas on how to make the manuscript better. I'm going to tackle revisions this week.
B) Edit EK, which I started late last year, and get it to beta readers. Over the weekend, before ROW80 began, I edited 8 chapters, and since ROW80 I edited 2, so 10 chapters have been edited for the first round of edits. I'd like to do three rounds of edits.
C) This is optional and only if I finish A and B first—pull out a manuscript I haven't worked on in a while, KMK, and rewrite it. I already wrote notes for this, but I need some more time to gather my thoughts. I haven't started on this yet.