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220 pages and 64,334 words later and I can happily say that I am finally done with my first draft. It took me around 3 years to finish it, but I finally did it! Now I’m sitting here thinking about starting the editing process, and I know I have a huge task ahead of me. I think I am going to start out by printing off a paper copy of the draft to edit. I’ve always found that editing paper copies of your drafts for any paper is so much more beneficial than editing on a computer; it is easier to catch grammatical errors and hand writing notes always helps me process what I read better. After I get through editing the entire story and making all the changes I want, I think I am going to let a couple friends read the draft to see what they think and hopefully get some good feedback. I’ll add in their suggestions and (after some serious pep-talk) send off my final copy to literary agents. I have been researching different literary agents the past few months and I have two that I would really like to go through. They are Nelson Literary Agency and KT Literary, both based out of Colorado. If by some miracle a literary agent does want to take on my work, I thought it would be much easier for me if they were located in my home state of Colorado. If neither of these agencies want to take me on, I will have to continue my research to find other agencies that I am interested in.
The second consideration I have to make is when I want to start the sequel (trust me, I know I am getting way ahead of myself). I am not sure if I should wait until I am completely finished editing the first portion, or just write as I find inspiration and motivation. The dreamer side of me thinks that, again, if by some miracle, a literary agent takes me on and helps me get published then I’ll only have so much time to finish the sequel. It takes me forever to write and I am a busy college student, so that crazy and unlikely possibility is just a concern I have.
One last thing I started thinking about this weekend is the fact that I am going to have to be prepared to receive criticism on my work. This story is like my baby, and that is one of the reasons that, for a long time, I never told anyone I was writing. I have a while to prepare myself for it, but it is still a nerve-wracking thought.
Anyways, I hope everyone else’s projects are going well! Good luck and happy learning!