Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A new ending for DEVIL


I've spent much of this week crafting a new (and, I think, better) ending for The Devil You Don't Know.

A couple of beta readers had mentioned that the ending wasn't as satisfying as they would have liked, that it maybe left too much to the imagination. That wasn't my intention, of course, but it did end rather abruptly. (Seriously, I think I just ran out of gas. Hey, it happens.)

One reader in particular talked to me about how I might fix this and, after giving it considerable thought, I agreed. So, I rolled up my sleeves and went back to work on the manuscript I thought was finished months ago.

Yes, I ended up adding about 450 words, but I think the net effect is awesome (if I do say so myself).

In fact, the last chapter is pretty much a roller coaster of action. When I ended it yesterday, I was literally out of breath. I suspect that's a good thing, although time will tell. I went back today and polished the new stuff and tightened it quite a bit.

I'm very happy with it. I always kind of liked the ending, but I love the new one. It even gave me the opportunity to circle back and tie up a couple of loose ends in a very cool way that hadn't been possible before.

A couple of days ago, I sent out two more queries after re-working the query letter yet again. Less than 12 hours later, I got my first partial request. While I remain realistic about my chances, at least it shows the query is getting there. The agent in question wrote me a very lovely note saying how intrigued she was with the query and the pages I had submitted.

I realize the odds are still stacked against me, as it is all of us. There's a lot of slush in the pile these days, and agents are really under the gun just wading through it. But getting that first request from a real live agent is satisfying. I feel like I finally took another step forward in my career.

And that's a good feeling, regardless of the outcome. Now if I could just stop checking my email every ten seconds ...

7 comments:

  1. Congrats on the request! Good luck.

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  2. OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!! COOKIES ALL AROUND! THAT IS SO EXCITING!!! I MEAN, CLEARLY, BECAUSE I CAN'T STOP TYPING IN CAPS!
    :D
    Seriously though, I am so excited for you. You have worked so hard on this, and it's awesome to see you getting some positive results. Virtual high five! :)

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  3. Congratulations on the partial request. You're a wonderful writer and I'm sure somebody somewhere will sign you. Just keep at it.

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  4. WOW!!! congrats on the partial request!!! HOORAY!!!

    ((also congrats on finding an ending you love!))

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  5. Good luck!! That's great news!! And you're still writing on top of that? WTG!

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  6. Hah! Every ten seconds? That's all?

    Well, I certainly don't know what you could have possibly done to make it better but hey, it's your book. I loved that ending. yeah, it was abrupt but it was -- well, you know what it was.

    Anyway, congrats on the partial. That's really fantastic. I know they will love it as much as I did. And if not, there are still about 2000 agents you haven't sent the query to.

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  7. Oh. My. Gosh. Congratulations!!!! I know, I know, it's just the beginning, well really it's the middle, but I am so fucking excited for you! You DO know that when this happens for you, we will have to get together and celebrate. I can only imagine how you must have felt when you got that request.

    Perseverance. It's a beautiful thing. All of the great things came from the obsessed. Just remember that.

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