Partial request

On Sunday morning we had agent send us a partial request. (This was an agent we queried before we found out our mistakes. We did the right thing and queried her when we actually thought the manuscript was complete.)

It’s pretty exciting, but at this point we are in panic mode to get the book edited. We honestly didn’t think it would happen so soon. Yikes! As I write this I am laughing, but it really isn’t funny. It’s overwhelming. So overwhelming I don’t have much to blog about. Boring is me.

Today I did discover some threads on Absolute Write Water Cooler. If you are a writer or an author and have never been there it has a lot of information. And most of the people are super supportive. It’s nice when people you’ve never met can brighten your day.

The lesson I learned today is, I think we’ve been sweating this editing thing almost too much. We can’t eliminate everything from our manuscript or we risk losing our voice and the voice of our characters. I think the key word is moderation. Just like most things in life. Except cheese. One can never have too much cheese. The only thing we can do is take it one day at a time. Or one chapter at a time.

Dejected

Two days ago, Lara and I finally got some much needed feedback on our manuscript from an agency.

It’s really hard to hear that something you are so proud of, and put your heart and soul into, has numerous grammar issues. It also made me feel like a fool for having so much faith in our book when it clearly was full of faults. I am actually a little embarrassed to be writing this and admitting to people we made mistakes.

What gets me the most is that two people, with four post high school degrees lacked so much knowledge about the English language. Yes, neither of us were English majors, but I think it shows how a lapse in our school systems when almost 40 years of combined education failed to teach so much. With all the texting and social networking that’s out there now days it’s only going to get worse. (I’ll save that rant for another day.)

You all know what a subject, verb, adjective, comma, and a semi-colon is. You might even know what “to be” verbs are and to avoid them in writing. But do you know the difference between a hyphen, and en dash, and em dash and how to use them? Have you ever heard of a gerund? Or a participles? How about a progressive participle? Even Lara’s mom, a teacher, didn’t know that one. If you’re like us you haven’t. I’m just grateful that we are not the only ones.

The things we have to come away with are that these are mistakes we can fix—no matter how long it takes us. And that the agency said, “the story concept is interesting.” We have a good story. Correction, we have a great story. Now all we need to do is polish it.

The first post

We finally decided to start a blog. This is a whole new experience for me, but I think once I get the hang of it I’ll like it. Let’s just hope I can keep the posts exciting enough to retain an audience.

I am Renae, one-half of R.L. Kenderson. As of right now we have finished our first novel, which we hope will be the first in a series. It’s about a vampire princess and a… Well, that would be telling now, wouldn’t it. We’ve started the query process and it can be exhausting. Everyone wants something different it seems. But, I guess that shows dedication.

We got our first partial request last Thursday, which made us feel great. But then, on Saturday we were rejected. That’s the name of the game. We just have to keep our chins up. That’s the most important thing to remember.