At first, getting the manuscript appraisal and hearing the suggestions for improvement made me feel like I was taking a step back from getting the novel published.
But the better part of me knew that the story could be much stronger and appealing.
I was stuck at the beginning of the rewrite, trying to come up with new ideas and themes. (I felt I had written everything I wanted to write in my first draft, but clearly I hadn’t quite finished! :)).
Once I got the ball rolling — making notes and getting new ideas — it all just began to flow.
Since then I have been writing nonstop. I've gone through the entire story and made many changes that have strengthened my storyline.
At the moment I am in the process of reading through the whole novel, editing and deleting sentences that I think I don't need. Then I’ll come back for another round of feedback.
I was able to see what I needed to change and improve on to strengthen the story. Talking to him on the phone a couple of weeks later was also very helpful.
The two weeks gave me the time to understand the appraisal and also make my own notes, and then discussing these with him opened more ideas. Having that fresh pair of eyes really helps.
Richard is very kind and supportive and he made me feel that my little idea is something special.
I am very happy to have found A story to tell ... It’s a lovely editing business — very organised and punctual with responding to emails, which I am thankful for.
Thank you Richard for all of the help you have given me so far. I really appreciate it.