Yesterday I got my full critique back and (eye pop) it needs a ton of work! Instead of discouraging me like I thought it would, however, it thrilled me to receive this feedback. Since I wrote my book there have been things that have irked me...like Janie annoys me sometimes (she is the main character), Jonas is wishy washy (he is the guardian angel), and the beginning felt wrong.
After I had read and edited my 390+ page manuscript more times than I care to count, the last thing I wanted to do was go on and do major changes. I mean, seriously, where would I begin?
What I needed was a fresh pair of eyes and those eyes gave my some excellent suggestions with the very things that have bothered me.
The only thing that bums me out is that I don't know if I can pull all of this off by the conference in Feb! I may have to actually cancel and go to a later one. It breaks my heart but I don't want to pitch something that is unpitchable (is that even a word?) Any hoo, not gonna let it get me down...just heading back to the drawing board.