The Agony and Ecstacy of Editing

Hello readers! I’ve started a blog for my book-in-progress. I’m heavily into the (re)editing process and hope to shop it to agents and publishers again by this summer. Looking forward to Round 2.

Kicking and Screaming: a Memoir of Madness and Martial Arts

Last year I shopped my book to several agencies and publishing companies. After initially expressing interest, an agent I had contacted ultimately claimed she could not represent my book. She said my book had some pacing problems–too slow in some places, and too rushed in others. It was a humbling experience and great feedback. Since then I’ve been working my way back through the book line by line to make improvements.

In addition to re-editing, having some time between the real events that occurred in the book (2013-2015) has given me a different and more objective perspective. There were moments of sadness and anger that swept me up not only in the actual moments, but in the re-telling of those moments. Now that four years have passed I’ve been able to reflect with a storyteller’s eyes.

To be truly honest, it was quite a disappointment to be rejected from the…

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