I was handed a list of agent-suggested revisions to my latest ms Inside Out last week. It is YA contemporary; and, although the revisions are lengthy, it will not require a major over-haul of characters or plot. I then sent her the first 30 pages of my WIP Amalgam . . . just so she would know what I had in the pipeline and to be sure that Inside Out was in fact the one we wanted to put out first.
She got back to me that same day with an amazing note indicating that she loved it, wanted to know where it was going, how I saw the plot developing, and when it would be complete. It is a dystopian (which apparently are hot right now) and written from the Male POV (which editors are begging for).
Being as sweet as she is, she told me not to base my decision on what editors are currently seeking and work on the whichever ms is calling to me now. Of course she threw in the little caveat that perhaps I could work on both at the same time. lol
There is not a hard and fast deadline in which I have to get one of these manuscripts back to her, and the publishing world does grind to a virtual halt during the Holidays, but I have a nasty habit of putting personal deadlines on myself. I tagged that date as January 15th. Problem is, I know have two sets of completely different characters swirling around my head each written in totally different style. Add to that the stress of holiday shopping, the impending doom of visiting family, a half dozen holiday events I have committed to attending, and the everyday challenges of raising a family. I find myself struggling to keep all the balls in the air!
A good non-writer friend of mine tells me the problem is that I am not focused, that until I decide which manuscript to dedicate my time too, they both will still in limbo with my muse taking an undeserved and unwelcome holiday. I say what I need is a few more hours in the day, a housecleaner, and somebody to manage my carpool schedule!