A Little Validation Goes a Long Way

Diary of Bedlam update: Still querying agents and waiting for agents to get back to me.

The waiting game can be hard and frustrating. Although I must say the more time that goes by, the more I forget I’m waiting because I’m working on new projects. I’ve got actual deadlines, people! That feels good, makes me feel more legitimate for some reason.

In the midst of all this waiting I also sent the DOB manuscript to a professional editor. It was something I’d been contemplating for awhile, especially because I’ve been thinking seriously about self-publishing. On Sunday, I got my edit letter back and it was very encouraging.

There’s some work to be done, sure. But the editor (whose previous experience includes a few big 6 publishers) says DOB might be the book that could get me a NY contract. I hadn’t realized how much I needed to hear that until I actually heard that. She agreed I wouldn’t be compromising by self-publishing since it might be more lucrative to do it, but if I still had my sights set on a traditional deal, DOB was a contender (okay, my words, not hers).

So I’ve got a little revising to do and then I’ll be querying agents throughout the fall. If I don’t get any bites, maybe I’ll go the self-publishing route.

As a reminder, I’m contributing a story to the FEEDING KATE anthology which will be released in October. It promises to be a fantastic book, so please consider making a contribution so you can get your copy.

And in other news I’ve started (or rather expanded) a home/lifestyle blog called Crafty Devilish. I figure I spend so much time looking at home decor blogs, food blogs, etc. that I should put all that interest to good use. But I did it for another reason as well: after putting most of my creative energy into writing for the last four years I realized I wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be. I needed another creative outlet and Crafty Devilish is it. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, pay the blog a visit and get regular updates on Facebook by “liking” it.




Holly West


    • Oh man, if it wasn’t for the fact that I issued you a public challenge for the Dead Man entry I’d tell you that I’m probably not going to enter that (mostly because I want to concentrate on revisions for DOB). Of course I only have 14 or so more days to complete it so it is unlikely that I’ll make it.

      Which pains me to say.

      But yeah, I’d forgotten about the St. Martin’s press contests–I do actually plan to enter one or both of them.

  1. I’m very happy for you. Patience is rough. Publishers work at a glacial pace compared to what we are used to. But if you want it, you gotta suffer through it.

    • Yeah we’ve talked about this a million times. Besides giving me a boost of confidence, the edit letter gave me an actual direction to go w/ the mss. After editing it myself ad-nauseum it was great to get some concrete suggestions on improving it.

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