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A Novel Update (II)

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I am just about finished the first revision of my novel, but before I continue. If you’ve never heard me talk about this at all, feel free to check out my first novel update here. The rest of this blog will make a lot more sense if you read that one first.

I promise.

So, anyway, I have roughly 40 pages left to rewrite and then I will be done. The novel has surpassed the 100,000 word mark and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not. I looked up some information on getting YA novels published and it seems that 60,000 to 80,000 words is the sweet spot, but we’ll see. Once I’m finished this revision and I’ve had some friends read it, I will decide what I’m going to do. Either way, I think that I’m too impatient to not start sending it out to publishers like.. asap.

I know that it isn’t easy to get published and I don’t expect that publishers are going to go into a bidding war over it. For one, I know that it’s my first novel and that it has its flaws and for two, I know that’s not how anything in life works.

Except auctions.

Anyway, I am going to start sending my novel out on August 1st to a few select individuals, so that I can get some more opinions on everything. So far, only one person has read it (aside from me) and I think that they like it. At least, they told me that they did. Right, Erica?!

So, I know that I had a few people note that they were interested, but I just want to check again, because it’s been a month and I know that schedules change. I know that most people don’t have the time to invest in reading a novel and giving feedback on it. Keep in mind, I’m trying to get as much editing in as possible, so I’d like anyone who volunteers to kind of get through it in like a two week-ish span?

If that’s something that you think that you’re interested in (and capable of), let me know!

Thanks again!