First Request!


I got my very first request from an agent willing to read the full manuscript of my novel! This was a thrilling way to start the day, followed abruptly by a sudden surge of panic as I realized that the whole middle section of the book is currently “under construction” after my most recent round of cuts. My saving grace is thefact that I won’t be able to send the manuscript until this evening when I get back home. This buys me most of a day to smooth over the rough edges and put everything back into its place. And having a deadline is extremely motivating- which is very helpful in forcing me to make decisions. I can always tinker with them later.

So, the news is good, but it still doesn’t feel real. A request for a manuscript isn’t the same thing as an offer, but it’s definitely a big step forward. Just getting a literary professional to say they’re willing to read my work is a Big Deal to me. With luck, this reader will be able to point me in the right direction on how to proceed from here: now that I’m getting into unfamiliar territory. I don’t really know how the path is supposed to go from here- up until now my whole goal was “finish writing my novel” followed by “get published” as if there were simple tasks on a to do list.

One thing is for sure: I have my work cut out for me!

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on November 6, 2019.

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