|Insecure Writers Support Group|
Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Beverly Stowe McClure
When do you know your story is ready?
Short Answer: A long time after you think it is. ;-)
Long Answer: There are steps to getting a story ready. When you've finished the first/second/third draft, you might think it's ready, but wait! There's more to be done. If you don't have some beta readers, get them post haste. You need more eyes on the story before it sees the light of publishing. I know I needed this step. When my betas could easily identify places I told instead of showing, others that were actual plot holes, and most importantly, characters who needed to be expanded so that the motivations behind their actions were clear. Without this input my story would have been much poorer.
Next I found that polishing was a labor-intensive step. This step took more than one pass. I was still amazed at what I'd missed and shudder what I'm still lacking even though three agents have partials.
That's when I knew it was time to pitch. I've not worked up the moxie to cold query yet. I'll let this round of partials play out was I work on book 2.
|Walk Among the Leaves with Me|
Next week: A new harvest of the Book Pusher's Mini Book Reviews!