I finished revising this week. After 13 full drafts and at least 500 pages of rewrites, between cutting out 50 pages at a time and adding in another 50, I've finally produced a draft I am excited about.
It's got a cool hook. Minor characters have been fleshed out, subplots were expanded and made more interesting. I'm proud of this draft.
Whic means one of two things, it's sucks or it's awesome.
Are there weak places? yes. The prose is a little weak in spots.
But are the characters interesting? Yes.
Is the plot solid? Yes.
Are there marketing issues: Yes. I have a male protag--- basically the kiss of death. The girls in my book are sort if bitchy.
I've been working on this for about 3 years. Yikes. Over course I've been doing other things, writing other novels, working full time and raising a kid and husband, so it's not like 24 hours a day I've been devoted to this story.
My point is it took a LONG time to get it to a place where I'm happy with it. The first draft had a lot of drama for drama's sake. Don't ever be ashamed of the drafting process, make changes and tweeks. After your done and you STILL feel just as excited about it when you started, that's an awesome sign.
A few months ago my hubby won a critique from Kathleen Ortiz for me for our anniversary I sent her my MS last night. I'm super excited about it and terrified at the same time.
I've also made a new change to my novel. The title. For a long time it was called No System At All. The novel itself is about a band's rise to fame. But I sort of hated the name. It wasn't catchy or cool.
Now I've fleshed out a subplot where the main character does acts of renvenge of douche bags who hurt his friends.
How to Pwn nOObs and Become a Rock Star.
What do you think? Would this title make you want to read my book?