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! :)