Author Update No. 7: Polishing #amwriting #upcomingbook

Holly

Hello. Thank you so much for your interest in Waking Monologues. I hope it is helpful to you on your journey. I am using this blog post position to keep interested readers up-to-date on the progress of this site, the book and other events that come along. If you have any questions for me you can send them through the form on the Meet Holly page. I will try and answer them here.

Dear Readers,

In the last chapter of my book, I say, as I have said in this blog, everything, I mean EVERYTHING, I need for this book has been showing up. Is that the power of intention? I think so. It is a power we all have to employ.

Back in January, I submitted my first chapter and a cover letter to three agents as part of an advanced submission program for the Southern California Writers Conference. In February, at the conference, the feedback I received was both inspirational and validating. While I have not yet signed with an agent, I feel much more confident as two out of three I met with requested a manuscript.

Step away for a short time, was the advice I was given before submitting the text - then POLISH, step away, POLISH, read aloud, and then finally, POLISH. Previously, ill-advised, I was on a side-track developing a book proposal. Yet, these agents echoed each other in saying it was not needed for a memoir. What is needed is a polished manuscript.

The question now in my head is, how sharp does my pencil need to get before submitting? As a project manager, I work best with deadlines. Though I have set interim stopping points for myself, I suppose the manuscript, itself, will let me know. Like the process has been so far, I will know, when it reads smoothly, that is is ready to go.

At this point, I am throwing a dart at the wall and saying maybe July. Though I will know better as time goes on, my plan is to send it to the first agent. He was super organized, a writer himself, very positive, gave great advice and inspired me. In the meantime, I am recharged, enthusiastic and really enjoying the second draft.

Very kindly yours,
Holly McNeill