Revisions, Revisions, Revisions

Hi All! 

My first round of revisons are done and with my agent. (To be sent out 4/30/10) Since 4/21/10 I have:

1) Brainstormed with my agent.
2) Got approval for my planned revisions from Harlequin Medical Romance.
3) Deleted 16,000 words from my manuscript.
4) Added 8,000 words including three new scenes, a prologue and an epilogue
5) Moved the heroine finding out she was pregnant from chapter 3 to chapter chapter 11. (And what a nightmare that turned out to be because I needed to edit the pregnancy out of every chapter in between.)
6) I made the hero more lovable (at least tried to) and made his motivation and conflict clearer.
7) I deleted several characters and scenes that either did not move the romance forward or moved it forward via external plot twists.
8) I added more scenes with the hero and heroine together to show the developing romance.
9) I proof read, re-read, and read again until I thought my eyes would surely bleed. (They didn’t.)
10) I typed, moved, deleted, and re-typed enough words for a complete second novel. (And if not, close to it!)

In the end, I am very happy with the result.

If I had more time, would I have made more changes? Definately yes, because it’s my nature to tinker.

Would additional changes have improved the story? I’m not so sure. (I’m guessing the editor at Harlequin Medical Romance will tell me!)

Now I wait. And as much as I HATE WAITING, it’s actually very exciting having a full manuscript being reviewed by an editor with an eye on publishing it. And it beats getting a rejection letter. Whatever happens, this has been a wonderful learning experience and has motivated me to get back to work on other projects, including the sequel to Love, Hospital Style. Because you never know…..

So what have you all been up to?

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15 Comments

  • JL Walters
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    Wendy, Just popping by to say hello. Hope your ambitions work out. If I remember right, you have a great writing voice. Janet


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 7:17 PM | Permalink

    Hi Janet!
    Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you at an upcoming HVRWA meeting, soon.


  • Liz
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:04 PM | Permalink

    Wow, Wendy that is great! Such an inspiration! I've been working on my book – almost half way through


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

    Hi Liz!
    Half way through is a tough place to be. I'm good with the beginning and know how I want the ending to work out. It's the middle that usually gives me the most trouble. Good luck!


  • Terri
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 10:33 PM | Permalink

    Wow, lots of work. Best wishes with it!


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 1:31 AM | Permalink

    Thanks, Terri!


  • John Baron
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 3:19 AM | Permalink

    My, that's a lot to get done so quickly. Did it help a lot to be given direction by your agent, or do you always work that fast?


  • Stan
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 4:28 AM | Permalink

    Hi, John. Yes and yes. It helped to bounce things off my agent, and I work best under pressure. I get in the zone and work until I'm done. It also helped that I love the story, and while my agent and the editor at Harlequin Medical Romance made suggestions, the changes were ultimately mine. I believed in them and felt good about them. Thus they were easier to implement.


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

    Hi John! The above message is from me. I'm on my husband's laptop, apparently not paying enough attention to what I'm doing!


  • susanhatler
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 5:16 AM | Permalink

    Fingers crossed for you!


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, Susan…And welcome to my blog. I like your website.


  • Dale
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM | Permalink

    After reading your post, it sounded like you ran the NY City Marathon!!

    A lot of hard work and you met your deadline!! Congratulations!!!


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, Dale. It was a bit stressful.


  • Regina Richards
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 4:57 AM | Permalink

    Wow, Wendy! That is the reason i know you are going to be a huge success in this business. You have talent AND drive! Absolutely fabulous. Congrats on all the hard work and getting it all to the editor in such a short time. Way to go!


  • Wendy Marcus
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, Regina! If only talent and drive were enough!


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