With my first book, I did everything wrong. After I finished writing it, I did one round of edits and felt it ready to send off to agents *insert laughter*. Incase you haven't noticed, I suffered from newbie delusions of grandeur. I didn't know anything about critiques or beta readers. My mom and best friend read through it, pointed out a few typos, and that was it. As I queried, I started to learn about the importance of having your work read and critiqued by other writers; but by that point, my confidence was so low, I was too embarrassed to share my writing with anyone else. After eight months of querying and lots of revising, I had nothing to show for it except for the ten requests for partials/fulls (out of 120 queries) that never panned out.
This time, I'm doing all the stuff I should've done the first time around.
- I found a subject that hasn't been done before in the young adult genre (or if it has, it's not common) and came up with a strong hook (I hope).
- After I finished writing, I took almost two months off, so I could edit with fresh eyes.
- I've been taking my time with the editing and revising--as in three months (and counting) worth of time.
- I put my work out there and had chapters critiqued and a couple beta readers read the entire manuscript.
My question to those of you who've been there before, how did you do it? Was it easier or harder the second time around? What kept you going? Any words of wisdom? Liquor recommendations? ;-) Because as the band Whitesnake once said, "Here I go again on my own . . ."