Third draft complete

Sunday, January 21, 2007, 6:37 PM

I've just finished the third draft of Conduit. Again, it's gained a tiny bit of weight (much like myself recently!) as a few things have been fleshed out. This is largely because I read an editor's blog that said one of the giveaway signs of a bad writer was back and forth dialogue with no interspersed actions, as if the speakers were standing still, staring at each other as they talk. I realised this happened a few times in my novel, so I added little nuances here and there. It also helped calm the pace a little bit. Overall, I think this draft feels more solid and less throwaway than the first. I'll give it another quick read through this week, possibly removing some of the stuff I just added, before printing it out and letting my friend (the Doctor of Literature) have a look at it.

I've also been researching agents this week. I've been doing this for a while, but this week I chose specific agents that I like the look of, found their submission policies, and added them to my list. In the first wave I think I'll send out three or four submissions, starting with two mega agencies and another fairly large one. I've also come across a small, independent agent who specialises in my genre. She has sold her clients to some impressive publishers, so I think she'll be well worth having a crack at. Not until after I get some feedback and make any resulting amendments, of course. And so will begin the cycle of submission, rejection, revision, submission, rejection, revision, ad infinitum.


Blogger Rashenbo said...

OOOOO Congratulations! I am still working on my first draft. I really want to finish it so I can begin my second! :)

Good luck to you. I hope you find a great agent, sooner rather than later!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Thanks! And another thanks for being my first ever commenter!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Marisa said...

Well said.

10:24 AM  

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