Brenda Drake, Krista Van Dolzer, Moni BW, and Cupid's Literary connection.
The widget hated my guts, and both times I failed to make it into the hopper.
But that was also post- me knowing that ISAAC IN THE MIDDLE needed some major work.
So this year, I found out with about two weeks' notice that TWV was going to happen again.
When I'm sitting here with a novel that is barely underway on its rewrite.
Now, the rewrite is pretty stellar, if I do say so myself. And I'm excited for it, and excited for how it speeds up all the necessary stuff, and excited for what the results may be when it's finished. (And I'll be excited when it's finished to send it off again!)
I'm no saint. It definitely occurred to me that given the structure of TWV, I could enter, put up my query and first 250, and frantically finish the rewrite over the next 23 days. The bones of the book are there, and it could be done.
But in the end, I decided it'd be foolish.
So instead, I'm sitting on the sideline, cheering. I've commented on what feels like bazillion queries this morning (but what is probably only a dozen or so). The great thing about contests is that it's how you make friends, and I think (hope?) I can do that even if my manuscript isn't ready.
I'm still going to try to have my rewrite done by May 24, though. The deadline is a good thing, and May is a great month for an academic...school's out, and summer research hasn't really gotten underway.
Good luck to all the TWV participants. You'll see me bouncing around the hashtag and commenting on your blogs. Let's be friends!
Jessica S. Schley was once a pusher of very important papers for a small commercial nonfiction house. Nowadays, she divides her time between bookselling, being a grad student, and writing contemporary fiction for young adults.
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