Status: Finished with the third draft!
Attitude: Cautiously optimistic
Third draft complete! And now Steve’s off to meet his next round of beta readers. Thanks, Ben, Jeni, and Kelly! I know he’s in good hands.
I’m optimistic about Steve because the feedback I received from my last bunch of betas was so positive. (One of them even said she read the whole thing in one sitting!) But I’m cautious because I know there are as many opinions in this industry as there are people, and I don’t want to get my hopes up.
I’ve read posts from agented and published writers that say things like, “This manuscript was special from the start. It was the best thing I’d ever written, and I poured everything I had into it. Somehow, I knew it would be the One.” Well, Bob felt like that manuscript for me, and now that he's racked up more rejections than anything else, I know nothing’s a guarantee. No manuscript can be the One (until it actually sells), because too many of the factors that determine its success--or failure--are outside of our control.
I know Steve still needs some work, but at least for the time being, I feel pretty good about where he’s at. So where are you at with your projects, and how do you feel about them?
P.S. In case you missed my tweet, October's round of "An Agent's Inbox" starts next week, and this month, we're trying something new. I'm revealing The Agent's identity RIGHT NOW. I'm thrilled to announce that Kate Schafer Testerman of kt literary will be next week's guest judge, so get busy on those entries!