Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNo, Day 1

So why am I not writing?

For one very good reason :)

I still haven't sent my full MS to Jenny Bent.

I have been waiting (since the end of July) to receive a specific set of comments from someone.

A published author who agreed to edit my work.

I was just informed on Friday that, due to a number of circumstances, that author won't be able to send me comments*.

That was the main reason I had not yet sent off my MS. Now there's no point waiting any longer, so I will clean up the MS as best as I can using the feedback from a couple new beta-readers I tried out and send it away.

If I do that, then I can completely focus on November and my new stories. And hopefully prevent myself from twisting into knots of anxiety knowing an actual agent is reading one of my stories.

So, all day today I'm going to be editing (and fixing the ending a little), and hopefully I can send it off to her tomorrow after I have one grammar-nazi that I trust give my re-written areas a quick check.

To all you NaNo-ers out there, good luck on your first day of writing! Hopefully I will join your ranks tomorrow afternoon :)

*Nothing to do with my story. I fully understand the reasons the author said, 'sorry' and had to bow out of the commitment. I'm disappointed (obviously), but there are no hard feelings.


  1. Go you! Good luck sending your stuff out and good luck with NaNo! :)

  2. Good luck! Based on what I have read from you so far, I don't think you need too much luck ;)

    I really look forward to hearing your progress with NaNo! Luckily, I was successful today, but we'll see what tomorrow brings.

  3. All the best with sending your stuff out.

  4. Sorry to hear about the author, but good luck with Ms. Bent!

  5. I hope your MS knocks Jenny Bent off her feet and offering you representation is the only way she can get back on her feet.

    And I see you in NaNoville.

  6. That's a real shame. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your ms when it goes out.

  7. Thanks for all your well-wishings.

    Honestly, I don't have my hopes up here... maybe it's the dyslexia thing, but I always expect there to be something horribly wrong with my writing, so I'm looking at this entire endeavour as a way to (possibly) get a professional's comments.

    ...I think the only way I could be disappointed is if she emails back and says, 'It was so bad I couldn't even read it!'

    Ah, and also a bunch of stuff has been changed from what was posted online. Nothing huge, mostly breaking up/moving and trimming description/etc.


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