Author's Journey

Kayla’s Author’s Journey: Update July 7, 2021

This week started out a little rough. My baby was sick, my writing time was limited, and sleep wasn’t happening.

Yesterday, however, I woke up to an email from one of my dream agents. She not only requested my full manuscript, but she gave me notes on how to improve the 50 pages she’d already read! I was stoked! The baby was feeling better, so I handed her to Becky and headed to the library. I spent almost all day editing my manuscript–pounding out the issues that agent had pointed out, and making sure said issues did not repeat themselves.

At the end of the day, I brought my computer to Becky and she proofread my edits, making suggestions here and there to improve upon what the agent said. We polished that manuscript as best we could, and honestly, it is much better than it was before. I sent it the the agent and Becky and I celebrated with a pretty bottle of wine.

I’m not saying all of this to brag. A request for a full is great, but it’s not the big win I’m dreaming of. However, I received editorial advice from an industry professional, I took her advice, and my manuscript improved. She could send me a rejection tomorrow (I hope not!) but it won’t change the fact that my book is better now than it was before and it’s because someone cared enough to throw some advice my way.

What I’ve learned this week: Listen to the experts and celebrate the little wins!

Now it’s time to get back to my book 3 outline–in which Chase has to face down the serial killer who destroyed her career. It’s going to be a doozy.


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