Monday, January 18, 2010

Once in Love with Amy

My meeting with Amy, my book doctor/editor began auspiciously...with a hug from her. We met at 1369, a charming, old-style coffee shop in Central Square. After about ten seconds of pleasantries, she cut right to the chase.

Here's the short version:
  • The main character needs more compelling reasons- emotionally and tangibly - for everything she does.

  • We need to become more invested in her struggle so we worry about her more.

  • If a character appears, make sure he or she resurfaces later in a way that's critical to the plot. Otherwise, kill her off.
Together, we worked out a number of character and plot problems. And, citing the Odyssey and Oedipus (good thing I'm reasonably literate), she confirmed what the agents had said - Begin the story when the main character finds her purpose.

Amy is worth every penny. And she agreed to read my rewrite when I'm done. I'm giving myself a month AT THE MOST. But I'm nothing if not fast, so I may be able to finish even sooner.

As I've said before (sigh), back to rewrite.


  1. You're so lucky to have a book doctor/editor like that though. Good luck with the rewrite.

  2. This sounds very positive. Knowing what is needed is a very large plus. Good luck with the rewrite, Andrea.

  3. Sounds like you got some great advice. Best of luck with the rewrite, Andi!