Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rewrite Resubmit

You beat the odds and got a full request from an agent. You jump for joy, clap to yourself, throw your fists in the air until you realize someone might see you. At least that's what I do. Then you wait to hear back to see if your dreams are about to come true. You get the awful rejection and your world seems to cave in on you. That's been my experience so far, but recently I didn't get a rejection. I got a Rewrite and Resubmit with some amazing feedback on ways to improve my story. It wasn't an offer of rep but it was reassurance that I didn't totally suck.

I was so excited, still am. I dove into revisions. I deleted scenes, added scenes, basically trashed the entire first chapter. It was the biggest revision I've done since I started writing seriously five years ago. I sent it out to my CP's and then did even more revisions. It took a little over a month to get it to the point where I felt it was ready to be resubmitted. Then I had to hit the send button.

Hitting send on a query is always a difficult thing for me. I reread the email a hundred times, hover over the send button all while giving myself a pep talk to just click the dang  button already. This was worse. Much worse. Having an RR is a good feeling. A great feeling. Once you hit that send button that's it. You wait to see if you move on with your dream or if you wind back up at square one. It could go either way. One step forward or two steps back. It's terrifying.

With a few pep talks from my CP's and several from myself, I finally hit send. I think I hyperventilated after, but it was done. Sent. A little bittersweet, but proud of what I accomplished. I now have a much stronger manuscript and I got to spend more time with my two favorite characters. (Shh don't tell the others.) 

So while it is a terrifying experience, it is one of the best I've had in this crazy writing world.

Have you had an RR? How'd it make you feel? What is your best experience since you jumped into this crazy world?


  1. Never gone through that. Almost sounds worse then sending it the first time. Fingers crossed for you!

  2. I will never rewrite for an agent. I've read on too many agent sites that they request revisions just to see if the author will do it, even when no revisions are needed. Basically, they will weaken your work just to see if you'll jump through hoops for them. I'm just not into those kinds of games.
    I do wish you the best of luck with your submission, though.

  3. best of luck. I would certainly rewrite as long as I agreed with their suggestions :) Which I'm sure you did. It's so great to get an agent's opinions! Keep us posted! And I would totally requery other agents since you did a complete overhaul... even agent's who had your ms and rejected it--there's a chance they'd want to see the revision. It can't hurt to query and mention that :)

  4. I've never done an R&R but I've lived through it with 2 different CP's. I don't think agents ask you to do it just to jump through hoops. And both times the CP has done it they walked away knowing they had a stronger MS. And with one of them she submitted it to another agent and landed that agent. Guess what the agent said-No edits or revisions needed. So, in the long run if you agree with the agent then the revisions are totally worth it even if they say no. ;0)

  5. Goodness, YOU KNOW how many times I went through the R&R. And the thing with it is the story needed those revisions. I mean, SERIOUSLY NEEDED THEM. And the agents who requested those revisions said, nope! But I didn't let that get to me. (Not really, lol) Because no matter the outcome, my book was better. It was the story that was meant to be told. And yes, it did land me my agent. It helped me grow as a writer. To understand what works, what doesn't, what hooks people, and how to make everything else I write better. I learned so much from the R&R's, and I appreciate all those agents who saw enough in my writing to give me pages of notes, even if they said no in the end. Because I became a stronger writer out of it. I learned how to be humble with my writing, that I'm not always right, and I'm capable of doing so much more than I ever thought. :)

    Keep all of that in mind as you wait for a response. That no matter what happens, you have enough talent to one: catch an agent's attention. two: keep it for the whole book. three: interest them enough to ask to see it again. That alone is something people dream of experiencing.

  6. I think an R and R would be a great experience. I was able to read one of my CP's letter an agent sent her in regards to an R and R and it was enlightening. It's interesting to see what the agent caught in her writing that I didn't. It made me a better writer, and it wasn't even my R and R!

    Best of luck with yours!

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