Well, the publishers I've shown my book project to have both passed on it. I had a strange sense of relief when I got the news. At least it was progress! But now it means I'm back to the writing desk to improve my manuscript and my delivery.
Kazu and I had a long story meeting several nights ago, and I decided to completely change the beginning of the story. It makes the rest of the story much more satisfying, but it will be a lot of work. The character's voice has changed, which is big since the story is told in first person. This means the entire book will have to be re-written.
So far the chapters I've written have been deceptively easy and full of mystery, which I think is good. I just have a mountain of pages ahead of me, but I'm really looking forward to it. It's been exciting to see the pieces I set up in the previous versions snap together so nicely with the new material. I feel very very lucky to have this opportunity to write and rewrite my story without any deadline. I have so many people to be grateful to (hubby! mom! bro!). I have to make this book as good as possible.