I writer friend of mine, Julie, blogged about doing something that scares you. The rationale behind this (and I'm quoting now) "is that when you step out of your comfort zone, you may be surprised. That what you've been denying yourself is actually something you enjoy." Since she followed some rather haughty advice I gave her about a vacuum, I thought it only fair that I reciprocate and take her challenge.
So today I did something I've been putting off for nearly 18 months. At 12:48 pm I sent Jessica my completed 78,047 word manuscript Seven Shades of Crazy.
Now what seems so trying about sending your agent a completed manuscript? Well for those of you who know me, Seven Shades of Crazy is kind of a . . . well . . . sensitive subject with me. It was the first MS I ever wrote. I completed it over 18 months ago, queried five agents, and received a handful of requests for fulls, but never sent them out. WHAT???????? you’re all probably screaming at me. I know, but I have a tiny self-confidence issue, and Seven Shades of Crazy is my baby. I didn’t know if I could stomach somebody saying it sucked. To be honest, I not sure I can stomach it now.
Now here’s the kicker. Seven Shades of Crazy was never intended to be a stand alone novel. I have revised it so it certainly can be, but that was never my intention. It is actually one of 4 books. And yes, books 2-4 are already written. It fits in with that oh so popular fringe area of YA paranormal and has been beta read up the wazoo! I don’t know what I am more afraid of – that Jessica’s going to hate it or that she’s going to kill me for sitting on 4 completed YA books LOL!
So thanks for the rather hefty shove, Julie. If I fall flat on my face I will be looking to you and Lindsay to pick me back up.