After emailing with my agent, we have decided to leap headfirst into an overhaul of The Clearing. (By the way, in case you’ve gotten confused about which book is which, The Clearing is the one that has been submitted to editors.)
We received two more responses from editors, both rejections, but both very encouraging. What’s good is, all the editors are seeing the same issues, which makes it fairly easy for me to figure out what I need to do.
I tell ya, it’s hard to write a complex character. I forget that the reader cannot automatically feel what I want them to feel – I have to make them feel it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is quite a challenge.
So, Natalie Watson – that’s my main character – is getting a bit of a makeover, so to speak. I think what I’m going to do is take one chapter a day and go through it with a fine tooth comb. I mean, really fine, like, remember those flea combs people used to have for their cats? Or maybe they still have them. I wouldn’t know because my cat would eat me alive if I even attempted to comb her with one of those things. But the point is, a couple of passes through the fur with one of those babies and you wouldn’t believe the junk that comes out.
So that’s what I’m hoping to do with my book.
Flea-comb it until it’s fluffy and clean.