Remember in my last post I said "You can't edit too much?" Well, there I was up against the ugly truth that I need to do more editing and polishing before LAST STRAW is ready to be published, whether I find an agent or not. What I regret, and deeply so, is that I have already sent out a dozen query letters to literary agents asking them to represent a book that I can now see is not ready yet. This makes me feel STUPID, and I do not like feeling that way. Even worse, I began my querying with some of the most well-known agents in the field, and not only have I revised the book since, I have also revised the query letter. NOW it appears to me that even the revisions I have already made did not go far enough and so I have ruined my chances to have this book represented by those twelve agents. Talk about burning bridges!
It is hard to hear negative comments about a project on which I have spent so much time, but I know this reader is right. So I'll rewrite and edit the portions in question again, and then proofread and edit again, and polish. But first I'm going to step away for awhile and do something else -- play some golf, work on my motor home (also a project that never seems to end), and do some fishing and shooting. LAST STRAW has become more of an obsession than I want, and I need to clear my mind.