Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finished Revisions, More Waiting

I finished the new draft of my novel, "Silent Beauty" last week! I spent a month, taking it from a novella into a novel with quite a few suggestions from my critique partners.

I'm very happy with how the new draft turned out! I added 18,787 words, five completely new chapters, extended other chapters, added a back story for my villain, added a new minor character, changed the ending, and added an intense scene to increase the tension. I didn't realize how much could be done to take my novella and add to it, until my critique partners gave me a glimpse at the potential. I originally wanted it published with a small publishing house, but the ones I wanted turned me down and two agents said they loved the premise, but it was too short. I wanted to make it longer, but had no idea how.

I started out with a document like this, marked up, and crazy full of suggestions.

It was a bit overwhelming at first, but I really appreciate everything my CPs said and did to help me out. I had a great time with some of the comments! Revisions became really fun.

Now, I'm waiting. I sent my new draft off to my two critique partners and I'm waiting to hear back if I made it any better and if I'm getting closer to finding the dream agent for me. I really hope Alanna and Jared's story of love and overcoming prejudices, can help me find a place in the publishing world. I'm hoping their story will be the one to give me a beginning.  :) Thanks to Rena and Jennie for saving my novel! :)

What are you working on right now? Do you have a critique partner? If you don't, I really recommend it! :)


  1. I THOUGHT my chapter book was finished but I found out it doesn't meet the minimum number of chapters for a chapter book. So I'm going back in!

  2. I totally thought I'd already signed up for your blogfest! It was actually one of the ones I was talking about. Off to sign up now!

    I don't have a critique partner yet, which is probably a good thing since I haven't done any proper writing in forever. That'll soon change, though!

  3. I'm so glad things are going well. Keep your head up and maybe try and get an agent when you're done. Heard of Cassie Mae? She is making strides in teen romance over at Random House and I believe your novel has similar potential.

  4. Hahaha, I forgot about the Jedi comment. I stand by what I said. Hoping to get to the new version soon!