So I got the agent's take on Looking for Laguna and I had thought it was only going to be a few sentence changes. Then after a powwow with my fab critique partners, I decided to add a new scene. In the first chapter. Fun stuff.
Only not so much. Working a scene seemlessly into a chapter I had already thought complete isn't as easy as it seems. The scene will (hopefully) strengthen the MC's goal and motivation and (again hopefully) give us more sympathy for her. That's what its supposed to do, anyway.
So I took off for St-bux this morning and finished the scene. Hopefully, once my Cp's see it they will be all "Brilliant!" but they could just as well say, "Why the hell did you do that?"
And in the back of my mind, the clock is always ticking. Each day I don't have this out to my editor is another day further from the possibility of an advance, which in today's economy, is brutal. Does anyone get that feeling that you have to get that contract now or else it's going to all disappear? That everyone else you know gets these huge contracts and yours is just never going to happen? Pretty depressing. I hear from everyone how difficult it is to sell that second book. Since it was so hard for me to sell the first one, I have no confidence in my ability to sell the second one.
Love writing. It's the business that often sucks.