Breaking News: My WIP (work-in-progress) has graduated to WIS (work-in-submission).
I launched my baby into the wide world of publishing earlier this week. After devoting the bulk of this year (and a good portion of last year) to the project, I have sent it off to an editor who requested it a few months ago.
Letting go is a big step that requires a heavy dose of courage and tightly shut eyes. I’ve had to force myself to stop tinkering, quit checking, and knock off the second-guessing. It’s time to trust my instincts and rest in the encouragement of my family and friends.
New Process, New Learning
For the first time, I’ve been in a position where I could invite beta readers. [Beta Readers are peers (usually) who give feedback on a written work before the submission process begins.] What a great boon they were. A big public thank you to four wonderful writers:
for investing their precious time into my project! I am so grateful. I also engaged an editor for a manuscript assessment, a step I highly recommend.
The Big Reveal
Up until now, my WIP has gone by its working title “The Keepers.” Today, for Spilling Ink readers, I reveal the actual title (at least the one I like. Its future editor/publisher might have other ideas.) Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls and beloved canine/feline companions, I present to you:
It would be unwise at this early stage to give away much more than the title, so sadly I can’t reveal a log line or plot. I will tell you that the audience is upper middle grade (readers between 8 and 13) and the genre is “dark fairy.” The adventure story is set in Van Diemen’s Land in 1855.
Now begins the process of submitting and waiting!