Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday's Children: Inspired by CPs

I'm heading out to the query trenches again with a brand-new shiny project, my YA mystery Perfect Enemies. This time I have the good fortune to have critique partners to beta-read my work! I met these lovely ladies through a contest earlier this year.

One of my partners wrote a glowing letter that I treasure. (the other is still reading) She got it! She loves exactly what I was striving for - vivid characterization and the MC's YA voice. *hugs* My mystery is "perfectly eerie but fun." Yes!

By now, I should know that this business is so incredibly subjective. But it's still difficult to "subject" your darling to rejection. It's all too easy for self-doubt--about writing ability, the project, even your bio--to creep in.

So, here's a shout-out to CPs everywhere! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

P.S. in other news, I now have contracts for three adult mysteries through Annie's. Fun.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your contracts and good luck with your querying! Are you doing any of the upcoming contests with your YA? WriteOnCon, GUTGAA etc? And Yay for CPs!

Liz Penney said...

I might do the contests. I've done them in the past and had requests. Contests are awesome. I wasn't ready for "virgin" or I would have done it for sure.

PatEsden said...

Congratulations and good luck on all fronts.

You're so right, CPs are the best!

Margit Sage said...

Congrats and good luck! I'm looking for CPs now. My husband is tired of having me rely on him for feedback. :)

Kristina Perez said...

I second the motion!

Mirka Breen said...

Good luck with the agent quest. Yes, after having been published, some assume the next book is around the corner. But every book has its own journey. Your new YA sounds like it's already taken you on a fun one!