I’ve lost count of the number of agents who have posted on twitter or their blogs that they no longer offer personal feedback on queries or submissions because of the author’s reaction to their critiques. So I think it’s important that we thank those agents still willing to stick their necks out and offer an honest critique.Jill Marsal did me an invaluable favor by pointing out the problems with my first three chapters of Zane. Her insight allowed me to revise. And those revisions were instrumental in attracting the attention of several other agents, and honestly--I can't thank her enough for giving me the opportunity to see the characters and story through her eyes.
Likewise, Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency did me the great service of offering her honest evaluation of the manuscript along with her suggestions for improving it.
I credit both these women with taking Zane (now titled Forged in Fire) to the next level and sincerely want to thank them for the time they took to evaluate the manuscript, and put their impressions into words.
At the moment I am working hard on the second book in the Forged In series. This is Cosky's book. I'm about 25K into the first draft of his story, and once again I am flying by the seat of my pants.
I am a plotter, a plotter, a plotter. (I am! I am!) So what is it about these particular books that refuse to be plotted before drafting? Zane was supposed to be an anomaly. But once again I find myself launching into Cosky's book with only the vaguest idea of what is going to happen next. It's enough to drive a person insane--or off Pepsi--which is close to the same thing.
In other news, I have the name of the heroine of Rawls' book. Her name will be Jolynn. There is a story to his heroine's name . . .maybe someday I will spill it.