Well, I've taken a much needed break (and in truth I'm not sure I could have avoided it anyway since I've been insanely busy) and I'm gearing up for revisions on The Picture. It's much worse off than I originally believed. I received a rejection from an agent who suggested that it was too short to stand alone as a single-title. Apparently single titles range from 80-100K. My WIP? It's standing at 45K. I've got to double the thing. It's going to be difficult but I've pinpointed some major areas that can be worked on and I've gotten some really awesome feedback from my crit partners.
I also need to research first person more. I need Nicholas to come alive somehow since we're not in his head. Or maybe I should add his POV in third person as a crit partner suggested. Has anyone ever seen that done? I haven't but if it's out there, I'll certainly give it a shot. That would add some serious depth to my story, not to mention some word count!
I have several beta readers waiting on it and I gave them a June 1 read date. I've been tinkering with the idea of leaving it alone for more than just this month. As in, possibly months or even until I'm done with my next MS. But when I think about how I do that with ALL of my books and now have about 5 complete Ms's waiting on revisions, I've decided it's time to grab the bull by the horns and not run from the unknown. I'm going to edit this MS to death until it shines like a new penny.
And you know what? I'm going to do it in a month! June 1st, people. My beta readers are going to have it in their hands by June 1. I'm limiting myself a 6 month time frame on this one!
I hope to have an excert for you all to read soon!