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On Revisions…

I can’t tell you how many times I have started and reworked Volocio.

Actually I can and I will:  I finished my first draft (at the time it
was called So It Begins) when I was about fifteen.  It was one whole
book and at the time it was a huge accomplishment.  Then I started my
freshman year of high school and I remember sitting in English class
when it dawned on me….it had to be a trilogy.  So I took the story
and broke it into three separate pieces and then I totally revamped
book 1.

I finished that draft a few years latera and had a friend of my mom
look at it.  Naomi was my first real editor and she was great.  She
was very positive and constructive.  I also really needed help with my
grammar (which is still not perfect, by the way – speaking three
languages tends to mess you up from time to time).  I was very lucky
to have her.

By the time I was eighteen and a senior in high school, I decided to
try my hand at sending my manuscripts to publishers.  I believe I sent
out 26 packages (yes packages….this was before you sent queries by
e-mail).  While I waited it dawned on me that this was still not the
story I wanted to tell, but it was too late.

But then I was rejected by all.  I did get one piece of advice that I
still cherish greatly:  You have a lot of great ideas, but too many.

Yes….just a big yes!

So now we are entering my freshman year of college where I gutted
Volocio and made a third a final draft that I am still happy with to
this very day.  Once I finally finished, I put it away for a few years
and worked on some other projects in the same world.  But every time I
come back, I am still ok with the story.

Now I need to finally get off my ass and get Beta Readers.

Anyway, the point I am trying to make is to just write because you
will make revisions after revisions but the point is to get it out
there in the first place.

Until Next Time,