Got my contributor’s copys of the new issue of A Thousand Faces. I always enjoy that magazine (even when I’m not in it!) and they did a great job with this issue as well. It’s full of superhero goodness.

I had a weird switcharoo with my writing this past week. I couldn’t find the time to write more on the new novel – at least not a good chunk of it anyway – so I opened up my old novel and worked on some revisions. It was kind of fun and turned out to be something I could do in small bits and pieces.

I’d gotten some really good feedback from agents on it when I first sent it around, the biggest complaint being the direction I took after a beginning they enjoyed.

After quite a bit of writing since then, I’ve learned so much about plot and pacing that I finally feel comfortable going back to the book and tinkering with it a little. I know most people write a first book, if it doesn’t go well, they stick it in a drawer and move on. That would be the wise thing to do, which obviously isn’t my style, right?

I actually stopped submitting the book to agents after only about 6-7 tries. The main reason was I was getting the same feedback from the majority of them about good characters and writing, but poorly-planned pacing and plot. So I stopped with every intention of working on it and getting it right back out there.

The only problem was: I landed one of those first few agents.

Problem? Wha?

Yeah.

The agent agreed to take me on provided I did a rewrite of the book, making it YA. This would have to be a total rewrite. Not a big deal, I thought. The book was hovering close to YA anyway. But when I started trying to write the book all over again, after taking so long to do it the first time, things weren’t happening. I quickly got burnt out on trying to put these characters into a new situation, or trying to make them better or worse or whatever making it YA should’ve entailed.

About the time I settled on a new idea for the characters, things went south between the agent and I. As much as you can call a note from an agency “That agent doesn’t work here anymore”, going south. There’s slightly more to it than that, but not much.

After that, I started sending out the original manuscript and that’s when I started getting the comments from agents about what they liked and didn’t. This is the point where I should’ve done those revisions and got it right back out there. But I didn’t. I so hated that book at that point. At least I had the presence of mind to stop sending it out before I exhaused my list of potential agents with a book I knew wasn’t working.

Anyway… jump ahead two or three years and I’m ready to get back to work. I have plans for editing that thing and trying again with it. Of course I’m also in the middle of writing the new book… Hopefully that’ll work for me, rather than against me. When I’m blocked on one, I’ll work on the next.
Hey, it could happen!

Do you ever work on two big projects at once? How’s that work out for you?