I've finished writing my first book. Three times. My husband keeps asking me how many more revisions it will take. Then he follows up by commenting that you can over-revise. Yeah, I know, but I really don't think I'm even close to the point of over-revision. My critique group looked things over. I've had friends read it. Friends of friends have even read it. Actual real-life teens read it too. Everyone liked it. Everyone but the people who count – count as far as getting my foot in the publishing door.
    Talk about frustrating! If the buying public likes it, why don't the agents? The difference is "like" versus "love". It's good enough, but in this tough market, it's not great enough. Yet. I finally get it though. I understand what separates the goods from the greats. Yes I think my book is as good as a lot of what is sitting on the book store shelves. But maybe that's just it. They are sitting on the shelves and not moving off of those shelves.
    What changed for me? A stroke of luck and maybe some good old-fashioned, friendly chit-chat. An editor, yes an editor from an actual publishing house, took the time to read my first five pages and show me where it needed work. Then she said to study the great writers. I did. Wow, did I ever. I've been pouring over books. Inhaling them. A friend recently asked how many books I've read during my spree. She didn't believe me when I said I average a book every day and a half. If all I did was read, I'd swallow almost two books a day depending on their size, but I do have adult/parental/marital responsibilities so I can't devote an entire day to reading.
    I've compared boy/first POV to girl/first POV to boy/third POV to girl/third POV. I've looked into the effectiveness of third limited to multiple POV's. Within these POV's is passive action versus physical action. I've compared them all. Was this avenue effective? Why? Or would this other method have been better? I took notes. Furiously, copiously, I took notes and I studied my notes.
    I get it now. I know what I need to do. In fact at this point, I feel completely qualified to teach on these subjects. The question is, the real issue at heart is, can I put what I've learned into action? Can I step up and  pull this off or have I set my bar too high? After all, great players don't translate into great coaches and the best coaches probably weren't the best players. Right here, right now, I want to be a great player.


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