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It's December 1. Time to start editing! [Dec. 1st, 2007|02:08 pm]
NaNoWriMo Fantasy Writers Unite!


[Current Location |Study]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |The Day Walk--The Byrds]

Yes, I know you think you should a) let it rest a bit, b) finish the damn story first, or c) find out who else is living in your house. But really, is there any better way to approach the holidays than with a brand fresh manuscript to edit? I'm taking a different approach to editing this year, though. I'm not starting with the book.

Here's my plan:

  1. Write a synopsis. I know what I think I wrote, but a synopsis is all about what I want an editor to think I wrote. I'm focusing my next month working on the synopsis I want to send to agents/editors.

  2. Edit the hell out of the first 25 pages. I'm focusing on entering a competition in February and the requirement is to submit a synopsis and first twenty-five pages. Those pages have to grab the readers by the throat and shake them around a little. They have to be perfect. They scare the hell out o' me.

  3. Start writing the pitches. I know that in July I'll get the opportunity to pitch to an agent and to an editor. The agent will give me five minutes, but only the first 90 seconds count. I need the pitch that will get her excited in 90 seconds. Then I need the pitch that I can deliver in 20 seconds to the agent in the next stall in the bathroom. Believe it or not, that pitch got me a reading last year! And finally, probably close to the same as the 20-second pitch, is the one I print on the back of my business card. This is a new technique I developed last year and it is a real winner."

  4. Oh, yes, edit the rest of the book. I'm not as urgent about editing the rest because I've got till July before anyone will possibly ask for it, But you don't move forward if you don't keep the red pencil sharp.

How about you all? What are your plans now that the frenzy is over?