Wednesday, April 28, 2010


So I was minding my own business today--wrote an email to a fellow wannabe-author friend of mine catching up, since I've been completely slack about attending writer's group meeting for almost a year now. When she wrote back, she included this little tidbit in her email:

I just read this in this morning:

NYT bestselling author Jen Lancaster's APOCALYPSE HOUSE, which follows a couple from the city through the frustrating and hysterical process of buying and renovating their first home in the suburbs, to Danielle Perez at NAL, in a major deal, in amulti-book deal, by Kate Garrick at DeFiore and Company (NA).

Then she encouraged me to query Kate Garrick about How Home Improvement Saved My Marriage since there was obviously a market for this sort of book now.

Not like I need anything else on my plate right now, what with trying to sell a house, and plan John's second birthday party, and write my new novel, and have a life in general, but it got the wheels turning.

It really is sad that so much hard work is stuffed inside a Rubbermaid bin in the attic... And surely the book isn't that bad. I could dust it off... polish it up... resubmit it a few places. It couldn't hurt.

Besides, I know where I went wrong with the book. I followed too many writing rules. I took out all the character from my writing in an effort to streamline the book and make it "marketable," and in the process I robbed Alex of her personality, and that's why the narrative voice isn't coming across as strong as I (or agents) would like. As much slack as Stephanie Meyer gets for her "bad" writing, I like her use of descriptive dialogue tags and superfluous adjectives. And apparently millions of other people do too. So rules be damned, I'm going to write the way I wanted to all along. And maybe my book will be better for it in the long run.

While I was suffering from insomnia laying in bed ruminating about Home Improvement I also had a brainstorm about a way to start the book that I'd never thought of before--with Will's job offer letter, explaining his relocation benefits, which includes a house hunting trip. When I open the book with that trip, things will make a whole lot more sense to the reader.

Sometimes, it's all I can do not to jump up and scream Eureka!

I won't know if this has promise until I did out the manuscript and re-read it, but I'm hopeful. I'll keep you posted.


  1. oh please do!

    in my little getaway coming soon - i am completely restructuring my 1st manuscript.

    just when you think it's done, right?

  2. sounds like a great plan. always good to come back to it with fresh eyes. do keep us posted!


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