A few weeks ago, I finished writing my sixth novel. I wrote a romance this time instead of my usual women’s fiction because I heard a friend’s story and wanted to write it.
Yesterday I spent hours revising. Not my favorite part but necessary. I have hours and hours to go after my critique partners send me the rest of their thoughts.
So where I am I mentally in this process? Do I have any more books in me?
With my last book, I received a few partial requests and a full but no requests for representation. I queried about twenty-five agents and then moved on to a new book.
I know the stories about authors who have had to write dozens of books and submit to hundreds of agents before someone took a chance on them. I know that. But I also know that selling a book comes down to story.
I’m not sure I’ve found that story yet.
I’ve improved my writing skills, read all the craft books I can get my hands on and have attended conferences and taken advice. You won’t find many badly crafted sentences in my work. That part is all good.
What I think I still lack is finding and crafting a story that keeps a reader’s interest all the way through from cover to cover.
I love the romance I just wrote. Note I said I love the story. Will anyone else? Are my characters memorable? Will I make a reader turn the page again and again?
I hope so but honestly I can’t say for certain. What I hope is one agent will love it and believe in it. That’s what it will take.
How about you as a writer? Do you have that one story in you and have you written it yet?