A couple of days ago I received a response from a publisher who has the full manuscript of my urban fantasy. It wasn’t a rejection. Yay!
However, she asked for a rewrite. Hold on. Does that mean I have to revise the story, again!
On the bright side, she gave me four pages of helpful notes on revising / rewriting chunks of the novel, which were clear and easy to understand, but I am still in bit worried.
After reading her email a hundred times to make sure I understood it correctly, I sat back and though about it. The suggestions will change my story slightly, but the overall plot and direction remains intact, plus with the amendments, the novel will better target the publisher’s audience. And it got me thinking. Each publisher has a particular target market, and hence they want their books to meet this need. Makes sense. I also did some reading on author blogs about revisions / rewrites, and it’s not such a rare thing apparently – maybe the opposite. I guess I just wasn’t expecting it, and thought someone would pick it up and run with it as is. Not the case.
But upon reflection of her notes, it does make a lot of sense.
I would love to work with this publisher, so in the end I decided I will make the changes.
My plan is to first take the existing plot and see how the new additions will impact the story. Then, I’ll start making notes on changes needed in each chapter. Lastly, I’ll sit my butt down in front of the Mac and start with revising. Not too excited about this part!
I’m nervous as hell… what if she doesn’t like it. Have I wasted time when I could have used it to work on my new novel? But I need to push aside those thoughts and doubts, and just get one with the job. That’s what I keep telling myself.
Do you have any advise for rewrites and major revisions?