What I have learned is that my protagonist's tone betrayed what her background suggested of her. I've learned that I often bog down my dialogue with unnecessary (and often repetitive) descriptions. Something else I learned that the editor didn't say was that I'm not giving my prospective audience enough credit. Subconsciously, I suppose since I struggle in real life to get my own points across to people, I tend to over inflate information.
I have the opportunity now to rework the novel to reflect a standard of work that I know I'm capable of. It will be a challenge but it's one that I'm willing to take on if not for anything but my love of writing itself and the love I have for this story and its characters.
And for other news -
My recently released novelette The Hand has caught some local attention. I'll be doing a live radio interview on the Danny Lee Show on Newstalk Fort Payne WFPA on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 7:35am. You can listen online at www.1400wfpa.com.
I also want to share some blogs that I've recently become a part of through an indie author's group. First, notice the cute frog in the sidebar to the right. This blog has become part of an indie author's blogring. Every time I post here, it feeds to Indie Author Blog Hop. I've also become part of I Love Smashwords, a blog dedicated to the authors of Smashwords.com, a site that I love to use for my work for many reasons, the main one being distribution to some of the top online book sellers. If you care to take a look at either of these sites, please do. My fellow colleagues would appreciate it.
Thank you for your continued support. If you don't hear from me for awhile, it only means I'm deep into my rewrite.
Love, happiness, and new challenges,